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Keanu Reeves’ Sci-Fi Drama ‘Passengers’ Heading for New Distributor

Focus Features is in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers,” the indie sci-fi drama with Keanu Reeves starring.

“Passengers” went back on the market after The Weinstein Co. ditched the project. TWC had acquired the domestic rights during Cannes last year with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.

Brian Kirk, whose TV credits include “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” is attached to direct in what will be his feature debut.

Ben Browning had been on board to finance and produce through his Wayfare Entertainment, which has been re-named Start Motion Pictures, along with Reeves’ producing partner Stephen Hamel of Company Films.

Jon Spaihts wrote the script, which is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else, then awakens a female passenger.

News was first reported by The Wrap.

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