lost city, which stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Oscar Nunez and Brad Pitt, is now available digitally and streaming on Paramount+. As stated in our review, there is a lot of action and laughter in the comedy adventure.
«Brilliant but introverted writer Loretta Sage has spent her career writing about exotic locations in her popular love-adventure novels featuring handsome model Alan, who has dedicated his life to embodying protagonist Dash,» reads the synopsis. While touring to promote her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes she can lead him to the treasures of the ancient lost city from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life, and not just on the pages of her books, Alan goes to save her. Embarking on an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will have to work together to survive the elements and find an ancient treasure before it is lost forever.»
ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke to lost city directors Adam and Aaron Nee on genre mixing, post-credits scenes and more.
Tyler Treese: The Lost City has a great mid-credits scene. I thought it was fun. What do you think of this trend? It’s in almost every movie these days, but I love that you guys can have fun here.
Adam Nee: I think as a director, you just feel, «Well, I have the opportunity to give you another twist that might go a little beyond the main plot.» So it’s just like I’ve got this beat, why not take it? For us to do a little surprise with Brad’s character, like the fact that Brad even in the movie was such a surreal gift. It was like, «Well, let’s just chat with him for one more moment.»
Aaron Nee: The trend has become such that it seems that these bumps exist solely to slip a trailer for another movie. And we love the idea of actually using it to add another fun moment to the character.
What I really liked about the film is how you were able to mix all these genres together. Sometimes I see it in films and it goes very wrong, the tone just doesn’t fit, but here it all came together. Talk to me just balancing it out because I imagine it’s hard to do and it’s so easy to go too far in one direction and it’ll ruin everything.
Aaron: Yeah. The balance between adventure, comedy and romance was something we were very conscientious about, and that was a big part of our initial look at this film when we came into the studio to discuss our vision. We wanted this film to be more than just a comedy or a comedy that absorbs action or action that absorbs romance, but instead keep an eye on the whole process, script, filming and after post, follow them and make sure they support each other, not undermine each other.
Adam: I feel that theatrical cinema should be something more these days, you know? I think it’s important to have some kind of blend. Even looking at the huge success of the Marvel movies, I feel like what makes this world so sprawling and fun now is how much irreverence and banter they will do because it won’t be so serious and so overly dramatic. I think you need to have this balance of all these different elements in order to stand up as a theatrical film.
CONNECTED: Interview: Lost City directors Adam and Aaron Nee discuss hit comedy
It was definitely your biggest film ever. While working on a blockbuster like this, could you tell me what surprised you the most about the process? We see films changing where they need to be such pillars to find an audience in theaters. Adapting to such large-scale films is a very important skill, and both of you have shown it.
Adam: Thanks! Yes, I mean there are obviously huge differences when going from the indie world to a big movie like this one. I mean, the type of actor pool you have access to obviously varies a lot. The talent of some of the crew… you can really get some of the most incredible people out there, but it’s ultimately interesting. It feels like the job of a director remains the same when you just share your vision with these incredible artists, build a team and do it together. And I feel like everyone really seized on the vision of this film to be something big enough for a theatrical experience, but also intimate and sweet and able to connect with the audience.
Tyler Treese: I was very curious about how the film evolved over time as you continued to work on it through production, what was the biggest change from how it was originally?
AaronA: This film has remained pretty consistent from the moment we went through. It was gradually refining this balance between adventure, comedy and romance, playing with each of those elements, watching them as we wrote the script, watching on set while we were working with the actors, and really modulating. “Okay, comedy is now undermining our seriousness about your relationship? Or do we spend too much time just sorting things out and we lose the pace of the adventure? And so it has been constant adjustment, adjustment and balancing throughout the process to get us to where we are.
AdamA: It was very ambitious. There were things that definitely… I think right before production started that needed to be changed because we were going to do all kinds of crazy stuff. And you had to be very real, like… we had a limited budget to shoot in the jungle for a limited number of days. And really, all the big changes happened before we started filming. As soon as we started filming, we made the film that you guys see.
What is the most important lesson you have learned here that you are going to apply to your future work such as Masters of the Universe?
AdamA: I think it’s important for me to really acknowledge that filmmaking is a team sport. This is a joint work. This way you shine by surrounding yourself with great people who are kind and willing to be around and will bring everything they have to the table. I think just collaborating on film production was something we kept doing and I think that’s the way to really get big.