Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) is in advanced negotiations with Morgan Creek to direct Passengers, a sci-fi romance film he described as “a love story set on a spaceship,” reports Variety.
Passengers is set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Keanu Reeves) awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he, in turn, awakens a beautiful woman.
Stephen Hamel and James G. Robinson will produce. Jon Spaihts (Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel) wrote the script.
Muccino expects to start shooting the film this summer.