Return of adventure and romance in The Lost City: the Nee brothers praise the great clown Sandra Bullock – Screens

Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The lost city

In 2006, Adam and Aaron Nee caught the eye of independent trendsetters when their feature debut, a microbudget comedy The Last Romantic, played in the original Alamo Drafthouse in Colorado as part of South by Southwest. Looking back, Adam said, “It was our first film, our first premiere, our very first. I remember how welcome we felt in Austin, at the festival and in the community. There was a queuing around the block to see our $20,000 independent film, and it was a formative experience.”

Sixteen years later, the writer/director siblings have another SXSW memory: watching The lost city, their action rom-com, as the Saturday night headliner at SXSW 2022 in a packed Paramount Theater. Adam said: “To be here, 16 years later, in a 1400 seat theater with a movie starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, it’s a lovely homecoming feeling.”

Their star-studded studio pic, which hits theaters this weekend, may seem like a far cry from what Aaron described as two small-town Florida kids maxing out their credit cards to get their movie shot, but The lost city is another kind of audacity. In an age of IP-focused cinema and risk-averse studios, “we don’t take that for granted,” said Aaron, who called the film “a scary leap in the dark that I really enjoy do with Paramount, because to do something on that scale – it’s not a sequel, it’s not based on an existing franchise or a hit comic book – it just doesn’t happen.”

“Sandy wants to look stupid as much as possible.” – Adam Nee

In The lost city, Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a former archaeologist turned novelist who may have inadvertently discovered a real extinct civilization. When she’s unwittingly drawn into the adventure, it’s up to her sweet and headstrong cover model, Alan Caprison (Tatum), to save her – though it becomes pretty clear that he’s the one who needs help. to be saved. Adam described it as a throwback to 80s movies like Romanticize the stone“where you took the characters and put them in the jungle, and the romance works in the movie, the action works in the movie, the comedy works in the movie, and they’re all taken seriously.”

So how did they make the movie? Two words, one name. “Sandra Bullock,” Adam said. “Sandy is someone we’ve all wanted to see in a film like this for a long time…so to be a part of that as a filmmaker is something I’m extremely grateful for.”

Turns out it wasn’t just the Nees and the public who wanted to see Bullock return to the slapstick antics of Miss Conviviality and Proposal. “Sandy wants to look stupid as much as possible,” Adam said. “She’s like a classic clown. She’s the beautiful sex symbol who likes to be funny.

“Channing is the same,” Aaron added. “You could look at him and say, ‘He’s handsome, he’s an athlete, this guy should be an action movie star, he should be the one who takes himself seriously,’ and he’s like, ‘Do- make me look like a fool. Throw me in these situations.’ It’s the secret sauce that turns them into real people.They let you laugh at them and you love them for it.


The lost city is in theaters now.

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