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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.13.16] scifi thriller mystery adventure

Writer Jon Spaihts made a name fro himself with a unique science fiction script called Passengers about a man and a woman who make up early on a hundred year journey to another planet. That film made The Blacklist, an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood. From that early praise, Spaihts went on to co-write Prometheus and Marvel's Dr. Strange, while Passengers languished.

For anyone interested, an early version of that script can be found here. At the time it was circulating, Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon were attached to star. It didn't really go anywhere for a few years until superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were attached.

The first footage from Passengers premiered for exhibitors at CinemaCon and, according to those in attendance, had everyone very excited to the point that they were loudly applauding and Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman yelled out, “Let’s see Netflix do that! Passengers is for those of us who love movies in movie theaters!”

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 60 years early.

Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game & Headhunters)

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With info from Variety

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Winnuting (6 years ago) Reply

I'm looking forward to this. I know nothing about the story but I love Scifi, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Pratt.


uncleB (6 years ago) Reply

I read this script years ago when Keanu Reeves was attached. It was a good read


jonjay726 (6 years ago) Reply

the highly praised original screenplay sounds a lot like PANDORUM.


Christopher (6 years ago) Reply

I love Pandorum, but this is very different. More a romance with a few thriller moments.

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