When Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock co-starred together in hit rom-com The Proposal back in 2009, the two stars were on very different career paths. At the time, Bullock had been firmly established as an A-list superstar and box office draw for well over a decade, while Reynolds was still clawing his way up the Hollywood ladder, with the biggest hit of his career by some distance coming just a month previously in the dismal X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he only took tenth billing in the credits.
The Proposal was as predictable and frothy as the genre gets, but it made over $317 million at the box office, with the two leads generating no shortage of chemistry. Fast forward eleven years and the duo came agonizingly close to re-teaming for romantic action comedy The Lost City of D, only for Reynolds to pass on the project, with Channing Tatum now in final talks to star.
These days, Bullock is very selective over her work, making just six live-action film appearances in the decade since she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, while Reynolds is one of the most prolific actors in the business with at least a dozen movies in various stages of development, not to mention an extensive portfolio of business ventures on the side.
Insider Daniel Richtman claims that even though Ryan Reynolds couldn’t commit to The Lost City of D, he’s still keen for a reunion on a big action blockbuster, with Netflix being touted as a possible home. That makes complete sense given the Deadpool star’s established working relationship with the streaming service, not to mention the success Bullock enjoyed with Bird Box, which is the company’s second most-watched original movie ever behind only Extraction.