Now, Passengers is one of the three projects that have been fast-tracked by Morgan Creek, along with the psychological thriller Dream House, helmed by Jim Sheridan, and Antoine Fuqua‘s crime drama Scarpa, based on a true story.
Passengers is described as a sci fi romance set in the future, on a spacecraft transporting people to colonize a distant planet. Because of a malfunction, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he awakens a beautiful woman.
The story takes the genre to its philosophical roots and tackles the idea of utopia, the notion of a better life that always exists somewhere else, head on. Unless the script undergoes major rewrites, the film will have only three major human characters and a robot, so it’s safe to say that it’s more of a character drama than just another SF blockbuster in the making.