Sandra Bullock has had a bit of a break since her last movies, the fun Ocean’s 8 and the meme creation factory that was Netflix’s Bird Box.
But she’s back to star in The Lost City Of D, which is being described as a mix between 1984’s Romancing The Stone and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
Bullock will star as as an author who discovers that a supposedly fictional city she had written a novel about is actually real, so she sets out on a journey to find it. On said journey, she’s accompanied by an actor who portrayed a character from her book in the film adaptation.
The Wrap is describing the film as a screwball adventure in the vein of classic Hollywood, that will feature mismatched romantic leads.
So no, it’s not a bizarre sequel to James Gray‘s own (darker) adventure movie, The Lost City Of Z. But it does sound like the kind of film that doesn’t get made much anymore, so this is intriguing.
The aforementioned Wrap report also mentions that Ryan Reynolds may be in talks to co-star in the film. If so, that would mark the onscreen reunion between him and Bullock after 2009’s The Proposal, one of the last vestiges of the star-driven multiplex romcom before the 2010s drastically altered Hollywood.
Adam and Aaron Nee will be directing the film. They helmed the indie crime comedy Band Of Robbers, which then landed them a gig at Netflix helming the upcoming Masters Of The Universe series.
Seth Gordon (Pixels) developed the idea and treatment for the movie, while Dana Fox (Couples Retreat) penned the most recent draft of the script.
We’ll wait and see if Reynolds does indeed sign on. If so that’s a plus because he and Bullock have great chemistry together, and chemistry will likely be a key component in a film like this. But it’s good to see this sort of movie being made. It’s the kind of original idea that would have bounced around and had plenty of stars interested in during the 80s and 90s.
Bullock is also slated to star in a drama directed by Nora Fingscheidt (System Crasher) and written by Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), based on Sally Wainwright‘s 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven.