In a new interview, Sandra Bullock discusses the development of The Lost City and reveals how much she fought the studio to get the film made.
Sandra Bullock revealed she must have shouted at the studio behind The lost city in order to complete the project. The film is a romantic comedy starring Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt. The film is set to debut in theaters on March 25.
As of today, the film has officially debuted in theaters for the public.
The lost city had a long road of development to arrive at the theaters. Sandra Bullock was involved in the film from the earliest days of its existence, with Channing Tatum joining the project in late 2020. At that time, the film still carried its original title, The lost city of Dwhich was eventually abbreviated to The lost city. From there, Daniel Radcliffe was cast as the film’s villain, and Brad Pitt was announced to complete the film’s main cast. Nowadays, a film like The lost city (which does not rely on a pre-existing IP address) is increasingly difficult to get off the ground. However, Bullock did everything she could to ensure it was made.
With The lost city Now in theaters, the cast opened up about the film’s long journey to the big screen. Indeed, in a recent interview with The New York Times, Bullock and Tatum revealed that she had to yell at the studio to get the film made when executives couldn’t justify the cost of an unprecedented romantic comedy. In the interview, they both said:
BULLOCK Comedy is really hard to find, and asking someone to write a three-hand for a comedy? Impossible. Then add action and adventure, scope and depth, and we had three different tones that we had to merge, and if we didn’t merge it wasn’t going to work. The studio kept saying, “There’s no mockup for that.” And we were like…
TATUM… that’s the goal. It’s such a studio director’s note, “What’s the composition for that?”
BULLOCK I mean, it makes sense: what if they invest and it’s a huge bomb? I understand it from a financial perspective, but I also know when to start phoning and yelling and yelling, and I had to do that twice.
Theatrically released rom-coms have become increasingly rare in recent years, despite once being a Hollywood staple. That makes the genre a dicey proposition for studios these days, and The lost city probably felt like an even more risky project due to the scale of the action and the film’s sets. Add to that the fact that the cast members earned old-school, Hollywood paychecks for appearing in the film, and Paramount may have estimated the cost of The lost city was going to be too high, with few comparable titles to show as success stories. That said, Bullock was able to phone the studio and let them know why the film was worth investing in at the time.
Putting all this into perspective, it makes sense to know that The lost city will be Sandra Bullock’s last film for quite some time. Bullock revealed she was taking a break to focus on raising her children. Given the amount of effort needed to get The lost city out of the ground, one would reasonably imagine she needs to recharge before diving into something similar at a distance.
Next: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe for The Lost City
Source: The New York Times
- The Lost City (2022)Release date: March 25, 2022
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