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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt's sci-fi romance Passengers moving forward

06.16.2015

Hollywood loves to pair up their hottest stars almost as much as I like to state the obvious; Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were scooped up by Sony earlier in the year to star in PASSENGERS but the film then encountered some resistance due to its budget.

PASSENGERS has been in development for quite some time, Jon Spaihts' script found itself on the 2007 Black List where it attracted the attention of Keanu Reeves, who was at one point attached to both star in and produce the film alongside Rachael McAdams. The project eventually fell through but Spaihts' script for PASSENGERS led to Spaihts putting together the first draft for PROMETHEOUS.

Here's what PASSENGERS is all about:

PASSENGERS follows a man (Chris Pratt) who finds himself woken ninety years early from cryogenic sleep on board a colony ship partway through its decades long journey through space. Faced with the prospect of spending decades alone he decides to wake up another passenger (Jennifer Lawrence) which sparks a unique romance between the two.

The project began prior to Tom Rothman's appointment as Sony Pictures’ new motion picture chairman so Rothman attempted to get the budget down to $90 million from $120 million only to finally relent when the filmmakers threatened to take the project elsewhere. A large portion of the budget will be covering Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt's hefty salaries; Pratt will receive $12 million while Lawrence will score $20 million against 30 percent of the profit after the movie breaks even. Morten Tyldum, director of THE IMITATION GAME, is set to direct PASSENGERS which will begin filming in September.

Extra Tidbit: Given the recent box-office of original Sci-Fi flicks, I understand Tom Rothman's initial reluctance to throw a lot of money at PASSENGERS.
Source: The WrapTHR

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9:43AM on 06/17/2015
I'm a scifi fan so I hope this does well. And it sounds like it's an original movie!?!? Awesome.
I'm a scifi fan so I hope this does well. And it sounds like it's an original movie!?!? Awesome.
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12:51AM on 06/17/2015
Sounds like a good movie, but I really wish it was McAdams instead of Lawrence. I like her better, and they would sure as shit save money on the film casting her. Pratt has no limits now, he can do what he wants.
Sounds like a good movie, but I really wish it was McAdams instead of Lawrence. I like her better, and they would sure as shit save money on the film casting her. Pratt has no limits now, he can do what he wants.
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1:33AM on 06/17/2015
they need jennifer lawrence. since this isn't something with an established fanbase, they're gonna need big names to draw in attention. jennifer lawrence is a much higher profile name than rachel mcadams (even if she's better for the role). chris pratt is the current golden boy, but he also has yet to headline an original movie. both GotG and JW had the backing of a huge franchise.
they need jennifer lawrence. since this isn't something with an established fanbase, they're gonna need big names to draw in attention. jennifer lawrence is a much higher profile name than rachel mcadams (even if she's better for the role). chris pratt is the current golden boy, but he also has yet to headline an original movie. both GotG and JW had the backing of a huge franchise.
3:08AM on 06/17/2015
I think McAdams is a pretty big draw herself, she has several hits and this is more her forte with big unique romances. (Notebook, The Vow, The Time Travelers Wife) And she looks to be even better after the True Detective series. Lawrence is okay, I just think they should go back to McAdams for this.
I think McAdams is a pretty big draw herself, she has several hits and this is more her forte with big unique romances. (Notebook, The Vow, The Time Travelers Wife) And she looks to be even better after the True Detective series. Lawrence is okay, I just think they should go back to McAdams for this.
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12:16AM on 06/17/2015

wait a minute...

this isn't a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation? yikes, good luck.
this isn't a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation? yikes, good luck.
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10:06PM on 06/16/2015
I just hope it has a good, solid story and isn't JUST "piggy backing" on Pratt and Lawrence's box office status. But looking forward to it. They're two of the best actors working today and should be exciting to see them bounce off one another.
I just hope it has a good, solid story and isn't JUST "piggy backing" on Pratt and Lawrence's box office status. But looking forward to it. They're two of the best actors working today and should be exciting to see them bounce off one another.
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10:59PM on 06/16/2015
sounds like they've got something with the script. i mean, i doubt they were originally planning to piggyback off keanu reeves and rachel mcadams box office status.
sounds like they've got something with the script. i mean, i doubt they were originally planning to piggyback off keanu reeves and rachel mcadams box office status.
11:06PM on 06/16/2015
Good point.
Good point.
9:50PM on 06/16/2015
Sounds like a great vehicle for Chris Pratt but I'd rather see Anna Faris in the movie than Jennifer Lawrence.
Sounds like a great vehicle for Chris Pratt but I'd rather see Anna Faris in the movie than Jennifer Lawrence.
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9:40PM on 06/16/2015

Great Script

I remember reading this script years ago. Great, great script. I actually see Keanu Reeves as a better fit than Chris Pratt, but I'm sure he'll have no problem pulling this off.
I remember reading this script years ago. Great, great script. I actually see Keanu Reeves as a better fit than Chris Pratt, but I'm sure he'll have no problem pulling this off.
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