'Game of Thrones' Director Boards 'Passengers' with Keanu Reeves
by Ethan Anderton
April 18, 2013
It's been over three years since we heard anything about the romantic sci-fi film Passengers starring Keanu Reeves, and that was before the film's writer Jon Spaihts became more widely known after scripting Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Now it sounds like his higher profile is getting the old script some attention as Deadline reports "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" director Brian Kirk (who was once in talks to direct Thor: The Dark World) has come aboard the project to make his feature film debut. Reeves is also still attached to star in the film which sounds like Before Sunrise in space. More below!
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 his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman and the two spark a romance. The female lead has yet to be cast, but it would be interesting if Sandra Bullock came aboard, since Reeves seems to have the best chemistry with the leading lady. Honestly, I have a soft spot in my heart for The Lake House due to the sci-fi concept in the romance, and Bullock's casting would make for an interesting sort of trilogy between her and Reeves. Thoughts?