EXCLUSIVE: Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire director Brian Kirk has just been set to helm Passengers in his major feature film debut. Wayfare Entertainment has come aboard to finance and produce the sci-fi pic that will star Keanu Reeves in a script by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. The story follows a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. That second passenger, a female, has yet to be cast.
The script was developed by Stephen Hamel and Reeves at their production shingle Company Films. Hamel will produce the pic with Wayfare CEO Ben Browning. Wayfare’s Michael Maher will executive produce. The plan is to make the film available to buyers next month at Cannes.
Wayfare just acquired Inquest, the Princess Diana movie that takes a JFK-esque look at her death that takes the angle that her demise might have been premeditated. Reeves, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, wrote and directed the China-set pic Man Of Tai Chi and has 47 Ronin coming out on Christmas.