As we reported back in January, Keanu Reeves is teaming up with Pursuit of Happyness director Gabrielle Muccino for the sci-fi love story Passengers. Today, with the selling of rights over the film, new details have come to light. With a budget of $90 million, the producers are saying the film is like “Adam & Eve in Space.” Allow me to weave THR‘s synopsis with what we already knew: Set in the future on an interstellar spaceship, a mechanic (Reeves) accidentally awakens from pod hibernation 20 years into a 120-year journey and gets lonely and only has “robots and androids” for company. That is until he decides he doesn’t want to die alone and wakes up a female passenger.
Hit the jump for more details on the project and my slightly-less-than-positive reaction to them.
The pic also will have a couple of comedic roles and set designs created by some of the wizards who worked on “Avatar.”
So if you’re expecting the cerebral sci-fi of a flick like Moon, don’t. But, if you thought the story of Adam & Eve was a rollicking good time (it does have talking animals), then maybe that’s not so bad. And it gets better:
[Producer] Jim Robinson said the film is essentially a love story but with sophisticated robotics, a crusty older character a la Tommy Lee Jones and a comic humanoid servant a la Eddie Izzard. (Those roles too have yet to be cast.)
“Why put in the ‘but'”? I believe all love stories feature a crusty older character a la Tommy Lee Jones and a comic humanoid servant a la Eddie Izzard. And really, aren’t all characters better when you can base them off an actor’s type-casting rather than a clearly defined personality?
But this is the money quote:
“I think of the picture as having the after-taste of ‘Titanic’ — but everyone lives,” said producer Jim Robinson.
What does the after-taste of Titanic taste like? Is it salty? Hypothermic? Drown-y? But it’s good to know that if you liked Titanic but thought it was too much a downer, Passengers is for you.