Before writing Prometheus, Jon Spaihts wrote a sci-fi story called Passengers, and it was this story that got him the attention from a certain Ridley Scott. Gestating for a number of years, Passengers has finally bagged itself a director and is heading to Cannes in May to look for potential buyers.
Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire director Brian Kirk has signed on the direct the intriguing sci-fi, and the script has been developed by Keanu Reeves and Stephen Hamel. Hamel will produce the pic with Wayfare CEO Ben Browning. Wayfare’s Michael Maher will executive produce.
Keanu Reeves, who had read Spaihts’ script Shadow 19, hired him to pen what became Passengers. He loved the material so much he agreed to star and produce. The film will be Brian Kirk’s first major feature film.
Per Deadline: The story follows a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. That second passenger, a female, has yet to be cast.