Jon Spaihts’ screenplay for the space drama Passengers has now become a project of legend for the time it’s taken for the movie to get made with Keanu Reeves long attached to star, and actresses including Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams in talks for the female lead.
Now comes word from Variety that Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is in talks for the female lead following the attachment of The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum as director, while TheWrap says that Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, upcoming Jurassic World) is in early talks to star opposite Lawrence.
The film takes place on a spacecraft that’s traveling to a distant planet on which a passenger wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 90 years before planned and decides to wake up a female passenger.
Sony bought the rights to Spaihts’ acclaimed screenplay in December after a number of other distributors tried developing it, including Dimension Films and Focus Features. Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce the film through Moritz’s Original Film along with Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.
Spaihts went on to write Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange, largely on the basis of his original screenplay which did the rounds after it appeared on the prestigious The Black List in 2007. (For comparison, other screenplays that appeared on the Black List that year included Selma, Source Code, The Road, Adventureland, The Wolf of Wall Street, Salt and The Way, Way Back, all of which have been produced and found some degree of success.)
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