Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino, best known in the U.S. for his Will Smith collaborations "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds," is in talks to direct Keanu Reeves next in the sci-fi flick "Passengers," according to Variety. Reeves has been involved with the project at least since 2007, when the film's script popped up on the annual Black List of greatest unproduced screenplays.
Written by John Spaihts, who is also penning Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel (partly thanks to Reeves), "Passengers" is a love story set on a spaceship. It sounds more frightening than romantic however. Reeves plays a man accidentally awakened too early from hibernation during a centuries-long flight to a distant planet. So rather than wait around to die while the rest of the crew sleeps, he wakes up a female passenger in order to have company.
Think about if you were that poor woman (who will be played by a "lesser-known" actress), basically forced to become Eve to Keanu Reeves' Adam. Whoa. Just on principle alone it'd be hard to develop feelings for him, right? I guess that's what makes this an intriguing story.
According to The Playlist -- they've apparently gotten their hands on the script -- the protagonist does indeed make some unsympathetic decisions. Sounds like it could be the kind of dark sci-fi that receives positive reviews yet unfortunately sells few tickets, a la "Solaris" and, more recently, "Moon."
Muccino announced this potential gig during a press conference in Rome for his latest foreign film, "Kiss Me Again," which is a sequel to his 2001 film "The Last Kiss." If that title sounds familiar, it's because the original was remade a few years ago with Zach Braff in the lead.
How does this sci-fi love story sound to you? Would you be easily romanced by Keanu Reeves if he were the only available man on a lonely spaceship? What if he handpicked you to be his companion?