It’s bloody damn near impossible these days to push a movie through the development process that isn’t already based on a preexisting franchise, a toy, a board game, or a mystifyingly dumb high concept premise. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, it seems, are taking a different tacl: A preexisting working relationship. Last year, The Proposal basically relaunched Sandra Bullock’s waning movie career and jump-started Ryan Reynolds’ career on its way to becoming the sixth most successful romantic comedy of all time.
Thus, in an effort to see if lightning can strike twice (stay away from the abs, lightning), R-Squared and Bullock have re-teamed with Peter Chiarelli — the writer of The Proposal — and Anne Fletcher — the director of The Proposal — for Most Wanted, a movie based on a Chiarelli pitch.
The pitch, according to THR, “sees Bullock as a criminal suspect with Reynolds as an FBI agent who is supposed to be escorting her to court when the two are ambushed and forced to go on the run.” The idea here is a movie in a similar vein to Midnight Run and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I’m guessing, at least in the initial stages of development, that the movie is slightly darker than what you’d expect from a Bullock/Reynolds reunion, but it remains to be seen how the development process will chew it up. Undoubtedly, there will be a romantic element.
As far as the Bullock/Reynolds reunion goes, you have no arguments from me, obviously. The Proposal clearly demonstrated a likable chemistry between the two actors, but I’ll try to temper my enthusiasm so as to not annoy the rest of you. The project is still in the early stages, and Reynolds has quite a few other projects lined up including The Green Lantern, while Bullock doesn’t have much on her plate at the moment. I’m just hoping they can move it through the process quickly enough to nab at least a cameo from Betty White. I mean: If you’re going to put the old team back together, you may as well get all the moving parts.