At a brunch over the weekend in Cannes, executives at Morgan Creek announced a new project being billed as “Adam and Eve in space,” that will star Keanu Reeves and a yet to be determined sultry leading lady. Best of all, the Jon Spaihts written project is said to be budgeted in the $90 million dollar range. Yikes.
According to THR, the film “centers on Jim Preston (Reeves), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship. A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim’s misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.”
I hate it when hibernation pods fail, don’t you? The project sounds interesting enough, mostly because it seems relatively straightforward. The likes of Pandorum have done similar stories, but with more of a supernatural, horror-esque twist. If Passengers sticks to telling a human story and takes some careful time with its characters, it might be worth a watch.
We’ll wait and see as the project develops. It is currently in the hands of Seven Pounds director Gabriele Muccino. The casting of the female lead could be rather telling of the tone they are going for.