Jon Spaihts, writer of “Doctor Strange,” is penning the script. Sony bought rights to “Passengers” in December.
“Passengers” 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.
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.
The project has a long development history: Focus was in talks to acquire U.S. rights with Keanu Reeves attached earlier in 2014; the Weinstein Co. ditched the project earlier after acquiring the rights. Both Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams were at one point attached to the project.
Tyldum has been nominated for an Oscar and a DGA award for “The Imitation Game.”
Lawrence is repped by CAA and was last seen in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” which was the highest-grossing movie of 2014. She will appear in “Mockingjay — Part 2” later this year and in “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m. PST — Chris Pratt is in early talks for the male lead. Pratt will be seen next in “Jurassic World.” That item of news was first reported by The Wrap.