Morten Tyldum is in initial talks to helm his first big studio picture, Sony’s PASSENGERS. The sci-fi love story centers on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant planet and suffers a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers, awakening a single passenger 90 years too soon. Terrified of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, the start of which becomes a unique love story.
The script hails from Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts. Original Films’ Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce along with, Michael Maher for Start Media, and Stephen Hamel for Company Films.
The film was previously set up at Universal. Reese Witherspoon and Emily Blunt were at separate times attached to the female lead, with The Weinstein Company producing. Gabriele Muccino and Marc Forster were previously attached to direct. Most recently, Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams were at one time attached to star, with Brian Kirk attached to direct.
Tyldum comes hot of his Oscar nomination for Best Director for the also nominated indie darling The Imitation Game. The Imitation Game was his first foray into English-language films, as he previously directed the foreign-lanugage pics Headhunters, Fallen Angels, and Buddy.
He’ll next direct The Disciple Program, Ghostman, and Chain of Events.
Clark Allen | Staff Writer