Lost City Raiders

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Lost City Raiders
Lost City Raiders (DVD cover).jpg
Science fiction
Screenplay byJean de Segonzac
Directed byJean de Segonzac
StarringJames Brolin
Ian Somerhalder
Jamie King
Bettina Zimmermann
Theme music composerGert Wilden, Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Jonas Bauer
Rola Bauer
Tim Halkin
Christopher Morgan (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Marlow De Mardt
Brigid Olen
Pierre de Lespinois (co-producer)
Brent V. Friedman (consulting producer)
Moritz Polter (associate producer)
CinematographyGiulio Biccari
Editor(s)Hans Funck
Scott Powell
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)ProSieben
Sci Fi Channel
Tandem Communications
Budget$6 million
Original networkSyfy
Original release
  • October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31) (Germany)

Lost City Raiders is a 2008 made-for-television science fiction film written and directed by Jean de Segonzac. It starred James Brolin, Ian Somerhalder, Jamie King, and Bettina Zimmermann.


In year 2048, global warming has caused much of the surface of the earth to become flooded. In the city of New Vatican, Cardinal Battaglia believes that the global inundation can be gotten rid of by using the "scepter of Moses". This is the staff that Moses used to part the Red Sea during The Exodus.

Cardinal Battaglia contacts John Kubiak (James Brolin) and his sons Jack (Ian Somerhalder) and Thomas (Jamie King). The Kubiak family is raiding the sunken New York City for various treasures lost beneath the waves. The Kubiaks are to assist Brother Fontana and Father Giacopetti in a submarine to retrieve the scepter and save the earth. They are opposed by Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross), a major land dealer who wants the scepter for his own purposes; having forced the water to rise to cover the remaining land, survivors will be forced to live in his planned floating communities, and he can then purchase the sunken land for a pittance before lowering the water level again. The Kubiak brothers are also involved with two women, Giovanna (Bettina Zimmermann)—Jack's ex—and Cara (Elodie Frenck)—their new mechanic, who take on a new importance after John's death forces his sons to take up his mission. Despite the attempted intervention of an insane Cardinal who sees the Rising as God's punishment for mankind's sins, the new Team Kubiak are able to activate an ancient chamber that triggers the lowering of the flood waters. The film ends with the team having dinner and contemplating their future as they visit the thirty-one other chambers listed on the map as activating that one chamber only caused the Mediterranean to drop ten meters while not affecting the rest of the world.



German commercial television station ProSieben, the American cable television network Sci Fi Channel, Austrian production company Tandem Communications produced the film.[1] Its budget was US$6 million.[2]

The film was first announced in March 2006.[3] Tandem Communications intentionally picked an international cast, part of the company's successful strategy of making films easily marketable around the world.[3] Within weeks of the announcement of the production, the film had already been pre-sold in Germany, France, and Spain.[3]

Principal cinematography was to have begun in the summer of 2006,[3] but did not begin until April 2008.[1]

The 90-minute film was intended to air in two parts.[4] The Sci Fi Channel hoped that it would lead to a series.[5] The film had its worldwide television debut on 31 October 2008 in Germany. It debuted on the Sci Fi Channel on 22 November 2008.


David Hinckley in the New York Daily News found the production values exceptionally low and the film predictable. "Sadly, the action turns out to be fairly predictable. Not as predictable as Brolin's acting, but predictable nonetheless, which may be why the filmmakers insert a romantic subplot involving not one, but two spirited, adventuresome women."[6] Linda Stasi of the New York Post called it bad and cheesy.[7] The Tampa Tribune called it "Waterworld without the budget" and an "awful movie".[8]


  1. ^ a b "Tandem Links Up for $6.4m Sci-Fi Movie". Press release. Tandem Communications. 6 March 2008. Accessed 2010-10-22.
  2. ^ "What to Watch". Kansas City Star. November 16, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Meza, Ed. "German Producer In On Action in U.S." Variety. March 26, 2006.
  4. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "Lost City Raider Cast Shaping Up". The Hollywood Reporter. March 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Q&A: Rola Bauer". The Hollywood Reporter. November 5, 2008.
  6. ^ Hinckley, David. "Sci-Fi's 'Lost City' Just Pharaoh to Middlin'". New York Daily News. November 22, 2008.
  7. ^ Stasi, Linda. "Waterlogged - Brolin Stinker All Wet". New York Post. November 22, 2008.
  8. ^ "On TV This Weekend, Nov. 21-23". Tampa Tribune. November 21, 2008.

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