Keanu Reeves has been circling a project called Passengers for over a year now, and it’s finally gotten a green light. Also, a director, in the form of Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino, who lodged two Will Smith projects in our frontal lobes, The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds, which was about an IRS agent who used his internal organs to fuel a spaceship. Or something. Morgan Creek is moving ahead with the project.
It’s actually a pretty cool concept, which comes from Jonathan Spaihts, whose script was second runner up on 2007’s Black List. (Spaihts is also penning Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel — let’s all throw rocks).
Passeners is about an intergalactic spaceship that’s making a centuries-long trek to find another planet to inhabit. All the folks onboard are meant to be cryogenically frozen until they reach their destination. However, a computer fuck-up brings Keanu Reeves character out of hibernation (and you can hardly tell!), so he decides to unfreeze a beautiful woman to make her his companion.
Isn’t that romantic? “Hey baby, I unfroze you so you can spend the rest of your life floating in a ship, stuck with me. Wanna fuck?”
Word is, from The Playlist, which has read the script, that it’s a dark little sci-fi flick. “The script’s rather good, although not perfect — it creates a fascinating, rather unique world, and isn’t afraid to let its main character make unsympathetic decisions.”
I think any decision that involves sleeping with Keanu Reeves could be considered an unsympathetic one, though I do understand there’s never a lack for wood. (Hey-O! #murdermeintheface).