Passengers is a big budget sci-fi romance that has been bouncing around for years now, but with the massive box office success of Jurassic World, Sony Pictures has finally greenlighted the project with two newly massive stars: Jennifer Lawrence and Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt.
THR describes Passengers as Gravity with romance, and it’s a sci-fi set in the near future in which two cryogenic space travelers form a relationship on a spaceship when they are each awoken 90 years ahead of their destination. Morten Tyldum of last year’s Oscar nominated The Imitation Game will direct.
The film has reportedly been bouncing around for some time with numerous names attached, including Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, and Rachel McAdams. And the script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) is an original story that has likely met some resistance because it’s not based on a sequel a novel or anything of the sort. Rather, Sony is taking a daring gamble by selling the movie based on its star power and not its source material. Here’s hoping that Pratt, 35, and Lawrence, 24, can make a convincing on-screen romantic couple.
It’s also ironic considering Disney just canceled their sci-fi project Tron 3 after dismal box office returns for Tomorrowland, while Sony is moving ahead with a different, yet just as ambitious sci-fi.
Passengers has been delayed likewise because of Lawrence and Pratt’s busy schedules, with Lawrence gearing up potentially for an appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s next film and to appear in Steven Spielberg’s war movie biopic on the life of Lynsey Addario. Pratt meanwhile has Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and whenever they inevitably decide to announce a sequel to Jurassic World. THR though says filming on Passengers will likely begin in July.