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Rachel McAdams Exits 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves, The Weinstein Company Drops Film

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by Cain Rodriguez
March 14, 2014 9:43 AM
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The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” was resuscitated last year when TV vet Brian Kirk and The Weinstein Company aligned themselves with the Keanu Reeves-starring and produced sci-fi film and a release date was set for April 2015. Of course, just as quickly as a deal can come together in Hollywood, it can fall apart.

THR reports the Jon Spaihts-penned “space romance” has lost its female lead, Rachel McAdams -- who replaced the originally-cast Reese Witherspoon -- and consequently the film’s release date has been postponed, with The Weinstein Company no longer involved. Shooting was set to start in a few weeks but the trade’s sources have optimistically said “the start date has been pushed back by at least several weeks, if not more.”

It’s a shame that the project has hit another obstacle as it’s one of the few original sci-fi films that’s been in development and would have focused on Reeves as a passenger in hypersleep making a centuries-long journey to another planet, woken accidentally by a computer glitch ninety years too early. Faced with the prospect of living the rest of his life, and dying, alone on the ship, he decides to wake up a beautiful fellow passenger. Now, with no beautiful passenger and no U.S. distributor, the film’s future is uncertain.

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6 Comments

  • Guy | March 14, 2014 9:45 PMReply

    This news makes Keanu :(

  • REBECCA | March 14, 2014 1:39 PMReply

    That's rude to just wake her up. How presumptuous.

  • cheryl | March 15, 2014 2:01 PM

    That's exactly what I thought! RUDE!!!! and why not wake up an ugly passenger? Even in the future, men are still a bunch of superficial dogs.

  • Keith | March 14, 2014 12:44 PMReply

    They need a bigger star than Keanu to get this film made. He hasn't been in a good film in ages and it shows in him not being able to bring Passengers to fruition.

  • M. | March 15, 2014 5:10 AM

    Define 'good film'. Besides, it's his idea and his project ever since commissioning the script way back in 2007.

  • Betty | March 14, 2014 8:22 PM

    why do you blame the actor?

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