Frequent "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk will make his feature directorial debut on the long-gestating "Passengers" which is now setup at Wayfare Entertainment.
Keanu Reeves remains attached to play Jim Preston, a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first of the 5,000 travellers to experience pod hibernation failure.
Awake a century too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots for companionship. A year on his loneliness causes him to awaken a beautiful journalist named Aurora and they fall in love. The truth of her revival, and a major malfunction on the ship, become key plot points.
"Prometheus" scribe Jon Spaihts penned the original script when it was setup several years ago back at Morgan Creek and Universal Pictures. Stephen Hamel and Reeves developed the project, while Hamel and Ben Browning will produce.
Brian Kirk's name has previously been attached to various upcoming projects like "Thor: The Dark World" and "The Osterman Weekend" remake. Kirk didn't end up scoring either gig.