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Radius-twc acquired Man of Tai Chi, which serves as the actor's directorial debut. The story, set in modern-day Beijing, follows a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) who finds himself in the middle of a lucrative underground fight scene, where he must compromise his own morals to get out alive. Keanu Reeves co-stars alongside The Raid: Redemption's Iko Uwais and Jeremy Marinas. Here's what Keanu Reeves had to say about his first directorial effort landing at Radius-twc.
"I could not hope for a better home than Radius-twc for Man of Tai Chi. Their passion, understanding and support of the film is what a filmmaker wishes for in bringing their storytelling to the widest possible audience."
The Weinstein Company and its spinoff RADiUS-twc have been very busy scooping things up at the Cannes Film Festival and their latest acquisitions are two Keanu Reeves showcase films, as The Weinstein Company bought the rights to the long-in-development sci-fi film Passengers , co-starring Reese Witherspoon, while RADiUS-twc will distribute Keanu's directorial debut, the martial arts flick, The Man of Tai Chi . Written by Jon Spaihts ( Prometheus ), Passengers has been a long-time passion project for Reeves that was offered for pre-sale at Cannes. The plot involves a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers so that one passenger wakes up 90 years before anyone else. Lonely, he decides to wake up »
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The project has been for sale at Cannes with Exclusive Media handling international rights and CAA handling domestic.
Brian Kirk, whose TV credits include “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” is attached to direct in what will be his feature debut. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the pic from a script by Jon Spaihts.
“Passengers” is set in the future on a spacecraft with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a new planet with a single passenger (Reeves) awakening from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. He then awakens a beautiful woman, played by Witherspoon.
The Deadline.com site first reported TWC winning the rights. »
- Dave McNary
The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. rights to sci-fi romance movie, Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon. The company has committed to a multi-million dollar guarantee and will spend a minimum $25 million on marketing the release. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the film. Developed by Reeves and Stephen Hamel at their Company Films, the script was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The film will be the feature directing debut of Irish TV director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire). Reeves plays a
- Patrick Brzeski
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has won the bidding for the Keanu Reeves-Reese Witherspoon sci-fi romance movie Passengers. I’m hearing the distributor has committed to a multi-million dollar minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment in the $25 million range for a wide release in 2014. I understand FilmDistrict and Open Road were in the mix here in Cannes for the project, which was written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and will be directed by Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire helmer Brian Kirk in his major feature film debut. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the pic. The plot: 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 (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive Media has come aboard Passengers to handle international sales rights for Brian Kirk’s (Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) sci-fi romance starring Keanu Reeves and Academy Award winning Reese Witherspoon, it was announced today by producers Stephen Hamel and Ben Browning and Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton.
Produced by Wayfare Entertainment and Company Films, Passengers was developed by Stephen Hamel and Keanu Reeves at their production house Company Films. Hamel will produce the film with Wayfare’s CEO Ben Browning. Start Media’s Michael Maher and Lynwood Spinks will executive produce. Set for a January 2014 start date, Alex Walton will launch the international sales for the film at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. The project was acquired for the company by Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions.
- David Agnew
Reese Witherspoon, nowadays known more for her, er, law-enforcement antics than her professional movie career as “America’s Sweetheart”, has joined the cast of the long-gestating Keanu Reeves sci-fi film “Passengers”. The film, set to be directed by Brian Kirk (who has a trio of “Game of Thrones” episodes under his belt, along with a pretty extensive UK TV filmography), will find Reeves playing the lead, with Witherspoon joining as his love interest. Written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), the story revolves around a spacecraft transporting human cargo to a distant colony planet that malfunctions causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. Spaihts, as mentioned, is the same guy who wrote “Prometheus” and »
Keanu Reeves plays a mechanic on a starship transporting colonists to their new home when he is awoken by his pod's hibernation failure - a century before he's supposed to awaken.
A year on, he wakes up a fellow passenger (Witherspoon) for company. They fall in love, but he must soon deal with the outcome of his actions.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The story, written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), centers on Jim Preston (Keanu Reeves), a mechanic travelling on a 120-year journey to a planet in another galaxy, whose cryogenic pod fails. He wakes up more than a century before the other passengers, and decides to wake up another passenger, the female journalist Aurora (Reese Witherspoon). While the two begin to fall in love, they also discover a major malfunction on the ship that may threaten their lives.
Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) is directing for Wayfare Entertainment, with Keanu Reeves, Stephen Hamel, and Ben Browning producing. Production will take place in Montreal, although it isn't known when shooting will begin.
Reese Witherspoon is in talks to headline the sci-fi film Passengers, alongside previously attached Keanu Reeves. The film comes from Wayfare Entertainment, with Game Of Thrones director Brian Kirk helming the picture.
The most recent draft of the script is by Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts, and tells of “a starship transporting human cargo to a colony malfunctions, causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Not wanting to be alone, he decides to wake up another passenger, a female.” That female would be Witherspoon. »
- Andy Greene
If you woke up in the middle of a trip and only had a Keanu Reeves character to talk to and associate with for the next few decades, how long do you think you would make it? That.s a question Reese Witherspoon may have to ask herself, as The Hollywood Reporter reports she is in talks to star with Reeves in the Wayfare Entertainment sci-fi drama Passengers. This would be quite an interesting project for the actress, whose sci-fi experience is pretty much limited to her voiceover work in DreamWorks Animation.s Monsters vs. Aliens. The new film will be helmed by Irish director Brian Kirk, who has a strong career on the small screen, directing episodes of series such as Game of Thrones and Luther. The script was most recently rewritten by Jon Spaihts, who wrote the first draft of the script for Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The »
In case you were wondering if Reese Witherspoon will still be able to find work in lieu of recent tabloid headlines, rest assured, she will. Not only did the actress set up a new project titled "Depth of Field" at Fox 2000 on Wednesday, but now TheWrap has learned she's in talks to join Keanu Reeves in Wayfare Entertainment's sci-fi love story "Passengers." Brian Kirk ("Game of Thrones") is directing "Passengers" from a script by Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus"). Story finds Reeves onboard a spaceship where he wakes up early from a cryogenic sleep »
- Jeff Sneider
Just recently we learned that Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts' sci-fi romance Passengers was finally making progress towards the big screen with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk on board to direct the film with Keanu Reeves still attached. The story is set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Reeves) awakens from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman to spend time with him, and that woman is Reese Witherspoon. Heat Vision has the story which says Witherspoon is in early talks, but they're expecting a deal to close. Though we were hoping for the more obvious, but still exciting prospect of Sandra Bullock joining Reeves again, this seems like a very interesting pairing. Witherspoon can »
- Ethan Anderton
Looks like her brush with the law in Atlanta this month hasn’t put any dampeners on Reese Witherspoon’s pulling power. The actress in now in negotiations to star opposite Keanu Reeves in sci-fi romance Passengers.
Based on a script written by Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts, Passengers was commissioned as a vehicle for Reeves. The film involves a starship set to deliver human cargo to a colony. When one passenger awakes from his hypersleep a century early he realises he could spend the rest of his life alone. Not wanting to die of boredom and behave like David from Prometheus by dying his roots, he decides to wake up a female passenger for “company.” Sounds a bit selfish to be honest, but she’ll probably turn out to be a droid planted on the ship by Weyland anyway.
Spaihts’ original script earned a coveted spot on the 2007 Black List »
- Gem Seddon
Given what’s been going on in her personal life recently, this is probably not the best time for Reese Witherspoon to be in talks to star in a film called Passengers. Yet in talks she is, looking to sign on to appear alongside Keanu Reeves in the sci-fi tale.Set years in the future on a long-range spaceship intended to seed another world with human beings, Passengers follows what happens when a computer glitch accidentally awakens one man (Reeves) from cryogenic sleep 90 years before everyone else.Faced with spending the rest of his life alone in a godless universe and possibly out of Shake ‘n’ Vac, our hero decides to wake a female companion (Witherspoon, if she makes a deal) to ensure the years are less agonizing. Bet she’s not going to be too pleased…Middletown and Game Of Thrones director Brian Kirk is aboard to direct, working »
Reese Witherspoon has entered talks to star opposite Keanu Reeves in Passengers, the sci-fi love drama that Brian Kirk is directing for Wayfare Entertainment. The script – Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the most recent draft – in which a starship transporting human cargo to a colony malfunctions, causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber almost a century before anyone else. Not wanting to be alone, he decides to wake up another passenger, a female. Photos: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
Wayfare Entertainment is moving forward with its upcoming "Passengers" sci-fi film by hiring Brian Kirk ("Game of Thrones," "Boardwalk Empire") to direct, making his feature film debut. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) is on board to star. The story follows a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) 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. The script is written by Jon Spaihts, who wrote the original screenplay for "Prometheus." The second passenger, a female, has yet to be cast. »
Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk is set to helm the sci-fi film Passengers, which will star Keanu Reeves. This will be the first major feature film for Kirk who has also directed episodes Boardwalk Empire.
According to Deadline, the story "follows a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) 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."
The second passenger is a female that has yet to be cast. The script is being written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. This is a cool concept, and I think that Kirk has the talent to turn this into an incredible movie.
- Joey Paur
It's a little rare that someone's calling card in Hollywood is a movie that never actually got made. That's what happened to Jon Spaihts, though. Years ago his sci-fi script Passengers garnered a fair amount of Hollywood heat - Keanu Reeves signed on to star in it after it ended up on the 2007 Blacklist of best unproduced screenplays - but it unfortunately never got off the ground. It was a respected enough project, though, and it's what landed Spaihts the gig to write Prometheus for Ridley Scott. Six years later and Passengers has found a new lease on life with news that Brian Kirk will direct. It'll be his first feature film after being a regular helmer on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Spaihts' original script is about a...
- Peter Hall
The project marks Kirk's major feature film directorial debut.
Passengers follows a traveller who is the only person to awake on a spacecraft taking humans to a distant colony, Deadline reports.
The traveller, who wakes up 90 years earlier than the others due to a technical breakdown in his sleep chamber, will be played by Matrix star Keanu Reeves.
Reeves's character will decide to wake up a second passenger, and the pair fall in love.
The female lead set to star opposite Reeves as his character's love interest is yet to be cast.
Wayfare Entertainment will produce and finance the film. »
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