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Postby TheButcher on Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:19 am

Sony Wins Auction For Jon Spaihts Sci-Fi Script ‘Passengers’
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In its second major material buy this week, Sony Pictures emerged from a competitive situation with the rights to Passengers, the script by Doctor Strange scribe Jon Spaihts that is a big science fiction love story, set in deep space. Production president Michael De Luca oversaw the deal and Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through the Original Film banner along Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.

Sony, which has been going through an agonizing period since computers at the corporation were hacked and documents released, has forged ahead. Earlier this week, the studio acquired the hotly contested rights to turn the NYPD corruption documentary The Seven Five into a narrative feature. Passengers takes place on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger 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. Spaihts’ scripting credits include Prometheus, The Mummy reboot and Doctor Strange, the latter of which has Benedict Cumberbatch firmly set to star for Marvel.

Passengers has created a frenzy before. It once had Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams attached along with Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire helmer Brian Kirk. Before that, Reese Witherspoon had been expected to play the female lead, and The Weinstein Company bought in a big deal at 2012 Cannes. All the while, Moritz had been tracking it and when it became free, he and De Luca were all over it. They are starting from scratch with the elements as none of those stars or the filmmaker is attached now.
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Passengers (sci-fi rom-com with C. Pratt and J.Law)

Postby TheButcher on Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:59 pm

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks for Sci-Fi Drama ‘Passengers’ (Exclusive)
Justin Kroll wrote:Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to star in Sony’s space drama “Passengers,” with “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum to helm.

Jon Spaihts, writer of “Doctor Strange,” is penning the script. Sony bought rights to “Passengers” in December.


Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Talks for Sci-Fi Romance ‘Passengers’ [Updated]
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Postby Ribbons on Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:03 pm

TheButcher wrote:Jennifer Lawrence in Talks for Sci-Fi Drama ‘Passengers’ (Exclusive)
Justin Kroll wrote:Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to star in Sony’s space drama “Passengers,” with “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum to helm.

Jon Spaihts, writer of “Doctor Strange,” is penning the script. Sony bought rights to “Passengers” in December.


Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Talks for Sci-Fi Romance ‘Passengers’ [Updated]


Okay seriously, is Chris Pratt going to star in everything now? I understand he checks a lot of boxes, but come on Hollywood.
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Postby Peven on Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:28 pm

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Passengers (sci-fi rom-com with C. Pratt and J.Law)

Postby so sorry on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:05 pm

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Postby Ribbons on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:28 pm

For the time being I'm actually trying to go into this one clean. I'd heard that there are several twists and sort of want that experience to be pure.

...unless it looks like it sucks, in which case someone please tell me
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Postby so sorry on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:03 pm

Ribbons wrote:For the time being I'm actually trying to go into this one clean. I'd heard that there are several twists and sort of want that experience to be pure.

...unless it looks like it sucks, in which case someone please tell me



Don't watch the trailer...it was long and showed alot. Although the big twists aren't revealed (spoiler Pratt's cyrotube had a facehugger in it and he births an Alien halfway thru the movie).

If they had cast Bradley Cooper in this I'd probably have to take my wife to see it as a date night movie. Fortunately she's not into Pratt (yet), so I'll be spared this sci-fi romantic [comedy?] flick.
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Re: Passengers (sci-fi rom-com with C. Pratt and J.Law)

Postby Ribbons on Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:07 pm

so sorry wrote:If they had cast Bradley Cooper in this I'd probably have to take my wife to see it as a date night movie. Fortunately she's not into Pratt (yet), so I'll be spared this sci-fi romantic [comedy?] flick.


Oh well, at least there's always Burnt!
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Re: Passengers (sci-fi rom-com with C. Pratt and J.Law)

Postby TheButcher on Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:07 am

THR 6/23/2016:
Tom Rothman on 'Spider-Man' Plans and Loving 'Ghostbusters' Trolls: "Can We Please Get Some More Haters to Say Stupid Things?"

THR Box Office 1/27/2017:
'Passengers' Fights to Break Even Amid Stiff Competition
Pamela McClintock wrote:Like its doomed protagonists, Passengers doesn’t seem like it will get a happy ending at the box office. The decade-in-development project has been watched closely because Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman made it his first big-budget greenlight in 2015 and he hoped it would save a down year at the studio. Rothman thought he had a good bet in casting Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt — arguably Hollywood’s hottest young stars — in a two-hander romance set aboard a transport ship hurtling through the galaxies. He agreed to a gross budget of $156 million, including a $20 million fee for Lawrence, and hired director Morten Tyldum, fresh off his Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game.
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Re: Passengers (sci-fi rom-com with C. Pratt and J.Law)

Postby Ribbons on Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:07 am

I ended up seeing this movie, actually. It wasn't good, but I wouldn't say it was terrible, either. There were some interesting ideas in the script, but the writer either never followed through with them or the story got "noted" to death by producers into a misshapen thing. Pratt and J.Law are likable enough, which is good since it's basically just the two of them the whole time (with sporadic appearances by Michael Sheen as a robot bartender and a secret cameo near the end). It's just okay enough that I wish it were better. So I get why it was a disappointment, but really, there was no reason this had to be a $150 million tentpole. The story could have gone in a dozen different directions on a much smaller budget but settles for middle-of-the-road, almost instantly forgettable fare.

I also couldn't help but notice that there were, like, ten montages.
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Postby TheButcher on Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:34 am


This Video Shows an Easy Way to Make Passengers Better, But It's Still Not Nearly Enough
Beth Elderkin wrote:For the record, I agree with this idea. Putting Aurora at the center of the story would’ve given Jim more flexibility as a complex villain, and improved the film’s ethical questions significantly. Unfortunately, it fails to address one key problem: Aurora is a terribly written character.

Passengers’ Aurora Lane isn’t a person, she’s an ideal. A male-driven fantasy that never has a hair out of place, or a bad case of PMS. She’s smart, but not too smart— she still defers to him for all major decision-making, especially in moments of crisis. In short, Aurora is exactly who Jim thought she would be. She wasn’t written well enough to be the center of the story, since the film didn’t give her a personality outside of Jim’s selfish desires. She was essentially spawned from his rib.

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