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‘Imitation Game’ Director Morten Tyldum in Talks for Sony Space Tale ‘Passengers’

The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum is in negotiations with Sony to helm space drama “Passengers,” penned by “Doctor Strange” writer Jon Spaihts.

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 to star. “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 up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.

Tyldum has been nominated for an Oscar and a DGA award for “The Imitation Game.” He is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Michael Schenkman.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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