It's a little rare that someone's calling card in Hollywood is a movie that never actually got made. That's what happened to Jon Spaihts, though. Years ago his sci-fi script Passengers garnered a fair amount of Hollywood heat - Keanu Reeves signed on to star in it after it ended up on the 2007 Blacklist of best unproduced screenplays - but it unfortunately never got off the ground. It was a respected enough project, though, and it's what landed Spaihts the gig to write Prometheus for Ridley Scott.
Six years later and Passengers has found a new lease on life with news that Brian Kirk will direct. It'll be his first feature film after being a regular helmer on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.
Spaihts' original script is about a spaceship on a centuries-long journey to another planet. The plan is that all the passengers will remain in cryosleep until they reach their destination, but a glitch causes a single man to be woken 90 years early. Terrified at the prospect of living and dying alone, the man decides to awaken another female.
Reeves will be playing the male in question, while the female has yet to be cast. Production company Waycare Entertainment plans to bring the project to Cannes and put together its sale package, though, so we'll probably learn who is taking on that role soon enough.