Gabrielle Muccino is in negotiations, according to Variety, to helm the Keanu Reeves film Passengers, described as a love story in a science fiction setting. Except this has a creepy twist.
The rough description of the film is that a spaceship is making a long journey to reach a distant planet when a computer malfunctions and wakes up Reeves 90 years early. Whoa! Knowing that he is alone and will likely die before any of the others passengers come out of deep sleep, he chooses to awaken a female that he fancies for, you know, love.
Muccino, a prominent Italian director, is known to American audiences for his films Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds, which both prominently feature Will Smith in the leading roles of their dramatic tales. The director expects to begin shooting around summer with a script by Jon Spaihts (writer for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel).