A fun, almost 8-minute behind-the-scenes look at sci-fi adventure The Adam Project has been released by Netflix.
Featuring interviews with director Shawn Levy and star Ryan Reynolds, among others, the marketing piece quickly covers a decent amount of ground for its length. We look at the creation of a virtual set and how Levy was able to get a taste of the digital set in real-time – thanks to a virtual viewer, aka the “magic iPad”; a look at the fun weaponry (that Lightsaber-esque weapon is called a “MAG/CYL”) and spacecrafts designed by an Aussie company; and their decision to craft the film’s action using a combination of practical stunts and digital work.
There’s also a quick look at young star Walter Scobell, who plays a 12-year-old version of Adam – who is, really, just Reynolds. “I saw hundreds of kids; Walter was incredibly talented,” says Levy. “He had this extra superpower: He had seen Deadpool thirty times, so he has an innate sense of how to channel Ryan back to Ryan.”
And as Scobell says, it certainly helps to have the person you’re emulating right beside you on-set. “We’re the same person, so every time I didn’t know how to say a line, I’d just ask [Reynolds] and he’d tell me how he would say it.”
The Adam Project, also starring Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Keener, and Zoe SaldaÃ±a, is now streaming on Netflix.