Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock to Star in Action Romance ‘The Lost City of D’

Channing Tatum is joining Sandra Bullock in The Lost City of D, an action-adventure romance feature said to be in the vein of 1984 Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner pic Romancing the Stone.

Tatum is currently in final negotiations to co-star in the Paramount Pictures project, which once had Ryan Reynolds being looked at to star. The film is to be directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, who are also attached to Sony’s long-gestating Masters of the Universe movie. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) came up with the idea, screenwriter Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox, 22 Jump Street) wrote the original treatment, and the screenplay has now been updated by Dana Fox (How to Be Single, Isn’t It Romantic).

According to Variety, the outlet that broke the news of Tatum’s casting, The Lost City of D will have Bullock playing a reclusive romance novelist who can’t imagine anything worse than having to endure a book tour with her cover model, played by Tatum. And wouldn’t you know it, a kidnapping attempt finds them both thrown on a cutthroat jungle adventure, proving life can be so much stranger — and more romantic — than any of her paperback fictions.

Bullock will also be producing the film via her Fortis Films banner, along with Liza Chasin via 3dot Productions and Gordon via Exhibit A Films.

Also ahead for Tatum – who hasn’t had a live-action role in a feature since 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle – is Dog, a road trip comedy about his real-life late pooch, Lulu. Tatum co-wrote and co-directed with Magic Mike 1 & 2 scribe Reid Carolin. The film is lined up for a July 2021 release in the US.

Bullock’s next film is a still-untitled life-after-prison drama to be released by Netflix. Directed by German helmer Nora Fingscheidt (System Crasher), the pic will also star Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal. It’s set for a 2021 release.