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Jon Spaihts' Passengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring. But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten […]
- Angie Han
He’s had a big success with his first English language film, as The Imitation Game has seen big box-office success and lots of awards talk. Headhunters director Morten Tyldum must be hoping he’ll have the same luck with a potential first Hollywood studio job: finally getting science fiction romance Passengers off the ground for Sony.The story of a spaceship transporting thousands of human colonists to a distant planet, Passengers chronicles what happens when a malfunction causes one of them to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step to wake up a fellow passenger. Can love bloom in the echoing confines of the ship? Possibly, though we’d imagine his intended is probably going to be fairly annoyed at the imposition...Jon Spaihts’ script has »
After being dropped by The Weinstein Company back in March, the sci-fi thriller Passengers has a new lease on life, with The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum now circling the project. Sony picked up Passengers late last year, with the studio considering this sci-fi love story a major priority. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) was previously attached to direct when the project was at The Weinstein Company, which had originally been set for release on April 3, 2015.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) wrote the screenplay, which follows a colonist (Keanu Reeves) travelling with over 5,000 passengers on a century-long journey to a new world. The colonist's sleep chamber malfunctions, causing him to wake up 90 years before any of the other passengers. Faced with dying alone on this ship, he wakes up a female journalist, when they realize that they need to save everyone else on board. Rachel McAdams was initially set to »
Yes! This is great news. Following his Oscar nomination, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum has lined up his next project - the sci-fi script Passengers written by Jon Spaihts. This films has been in development for years and years, it was one of the first scripts that Spaihts wrote, and has gone through numerous development changes. One version last year with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk attached fell apart before it could go into production, but thankfully the project ended up at Sony with ambitious producers involved, giving it new life and preventing it from dwindling further. Now it's official - Tyldum is on board. The report from Deadline simply states that Tyldum is "in early talks" after his nomination, and that the studio is looking at this as a priority project described as "a big science fiction love story, set in deep space". The story is about a guy »
- Alex Billington
Oh what a difference an Oscar nod makes! Just recently, The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum found himself nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. And now, the prestigious honor of simply being on the shortlist appears to have sent his Hollywood stock rising, as Deadline reports that Sony is keen for him to direct Passengers.
Dubbed a sci-fi love story, the project’s been kicking around for a few years now. Penned by Doctor Strange and Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, it bears a compelling central premise, so it seems surprising this wasn’t already put into production:
Passengers takes place on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and 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, »
- Gem Seddon
Jon Spaihts ("Doctor Strange," "Prometheus") penned the script which is set on a spacecraft transporting thousands of colonists. A malfunction takes place in one of its sleep chambers, causing a single passenger to be awakened ninety years before anyone else.
Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, thus beginning a unique love story. Neal Moritz, Ori Marmur, Stephen Hamel and Michael Maher will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The studio bought rights to “Passengers” last month. Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.
Earlier this year, Focus Features had been in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers” with Keanu Reeves starring. “Passengers” went back on the market after the Weinstein Co. ditched the project after acquiring the rights with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.
Spaihts’ script is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake »
- Dave McNary
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is being courted by Marvel to take on an unspecified role in Doctor Strange. Ejiofor could join Benedict Cumberbatch, who is starring as the surgeon turned sorcerer supreme Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange.
Marvel had no comment as talks are said to be in the early stages.
The site also says that he could be taking on the villain role of the film but some of their sources have said that's not the case. The villain is likely to be classic bad guy Baron Karl Mordo, a sorcerer’s pupil whose next-in-line status is usurped by Doctor Strange, thus making him the physician’s fierce rival.
The film is based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Stephen Strange beset by demons controlled by apprentice sorcerer Karl Mordo, but was rescued by Mordo's mentor, »
- Kellvin Chavez
There has been some back-and-forth as to which role the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks for, though it appears to be that the studio want him on board as the film’s main villain. Starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who is set to play The Sorcerer Supreme himself, all signs point to Ejiofor assuming the role of Baron Mordo, a pupil who finds his status undercut by Stephen Strange.
That said, there’s every possibility that the 37-year-old could be in line to play either monk servant Wong or the coveted role of the Ancient One — a character that has been linked to the likes of Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman and Bill Nighy.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the potential »
- Michael Briers
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nearing a deal for a key role alongside his “12 Years a Slave” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
While it’s unclear which role Ejiofor is circling, an individual with knowledge of the project insisted it’s not the villain, who is believed to be Baron Mordo, and is more likely the Ancient One.
- Jeff Sneider
Marvel has entered into negotiations with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unspecified supporting role in their Phase Two sequel Doctor Strange. Variety's sources reveal that talks are in very early stages, but the studio is "very high" on the actor for a role. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed as the title character back in October.
We also reported last month that Marvel was eyeing Morgan Freeman to play the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One was the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who served as a mentor to Stephen Strange. However, it isn't known if that story will be told in this Marvel Phase Three adventure, following an August report that revealed Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, starting with the character already established as a superhero.
11 items from 2015
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