After being dropped by The Weinstein Company back in March, the sci-fi thriller Passengers has a new lease on life, with The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum now circling the project. Sony picked up Passengers late last year, with the studio considering this sci-fi love story a major priority. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) was previously attached to direct when the project was at The Weinstein Company, which had originally been set for release on April 3, 2015.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) wrote the screenplay, which follows a colonist (Keanu Reeves) travelling with over 5,000 passengers on a century-long journey to a new world. The colonist's sleep chamber malfunctions, causing him to wake up 90 years before any of the other passengers. Faced with dying alone on this ship, he wakes up a female journalist, when they realize that they need to save everyone else on board. Rachel McAdams was initially set to star as the journalist before she was forced to back out due to production delays.
Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing for Original Film, alongside Star Media's and Michael Maher and Company Films' Stephen Hamel. No production schedule has been given at this time. Morten Tyldum made his English-language feature debut with last year's The Imitation Game, which was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. His previous directing credits include Headhunters, Varg Veum - Fallen Angels and Buddy.