'The Imitation Game' Director is Taking on Sci-Fi 'Passengers' Next
Yes! This is great news. Following his Oscar nomination, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum has lined up his next project - the sci-fi script Passengers written by Jon Spaihts. This films has been in development for years and years, it was one of the first scripts that Spaihts wrote, and has gone through numerous development changes. One version last year with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk attached fell apart before it could go into production, but thankfully the project ended up at Sony with ambitious producers involved, giving it new life and preventing it from dwindling further. Now it's official - Tyldum is on board.
The report from Deadline simply states that Tyldum is "in early talks" after his nomination, and that the studio is looking at this as a priority project described as "a big science fiction love story, set in deep space". The story is about a guy who wakes up on a giant interstellar spaceship where passengers are kept in deep sleep for a hundred years. He's the only one awake, and is about to go crazy until he decides to wake up someone else. Now that Tyldum is attached to this version in development at Sony Pictures with producer Michael De Luca, my hopes is that a new cast ("they will build a star package") will come together soon and production might actually move forward. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this project as we have been.
Director Morten Tyldum from Norway has been a filmmaker for many years, but has just now made his way over to Hollywood. Before making the Oscar nominated The Imitation Game for The Weinstein Company, he directed Fast Forward and Headhunters in 2011. If you're curious, we recommend seeing Headhunters.