Although the project very nearly made it to the big screen with “Game of Thrones” helmer Brian Kirk directing and Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams starring, Jon Spaihts’ sci-fi tale Passengers appears today to be getting a new lease on life. Deadline reports Morten Tyldum, currently in the running for an Academy Award for his work helming The Imitation Game, is eyeing the director’s chair on the project, now set up at Sony Pictures.
Passengers centers on Jim Preston, a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship. A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim’s misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.
Tyldum, who hails from Norway, is also well-known for his recent crime thriller, Headhunters, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) and Aksel Hennie (Hercules).
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