Gabriele Muccino Helming Keanu Reeves' Sci-Fi Romance Film
by Ethan Anderton
January 26, 2010
Back in 2008 when the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still showcased Keanu Reeves as the alien Klaatu, it looked like the actor had finally found a role that allowed him to showcase his oddly "out-of-body" acting style that was on display so appropriately in The Matrix. Now Reeves will return to sci-fi, albeit in a completely different light in Passengers, a film described as a love story set on a spaceship which Variety reports Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) is looking to direct. The sci-fi romance was written by Jon Spaihts who also wrote the upcoming Alien prequel for Ridley Scott.
Muccino, who hails from Italy, has made a name for himself making average, crowd-pleasing dramas like The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds, so jumping to space seems like an interesting change of pace. The film 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 (Reeves) awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman.
It does sound like a pretty unique premise for a sci-fi romance, and the last time Reeves took a leap into a conceptually strange romance was his turn in The Lake House with Globes winner Sandra Bullock, which I ended up enjoying immensely. While it would be great to see Bullock team up with Reeves again to rekindle the tremendously genuine chemistry they have on-screen, Muccino said the love interest would be a "lesser-known" talent. I'm looking forward to this because Muccino has a very sleek, refined style, and I'd love to see that applied to the sci-fi genre, especially with an unconventional romance. Anyone else interested?