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Focus Features Looks To Pick Up Keanu Reeves’ Long-Delayed Sci-Fi Romance ‘Passengers’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 20, 2014 9:25 AM
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47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves
Before “Prometheus” brought the name of Jon Spaihts to many people’s attention, Keanu Reeves was busy working with the writer on “Passengers” a 2007 Black List-approved project primed as a slice of smart, intimate sci-fi also starring Reeves. The space romance has since encountered many obstacles—first the swap of Rachel McAdams for Reese Witherspoon in the co-lead, and then McAdams’ exit just as The Weinstein Company also dropped its involvement—but at last a bit of optimistic news has arrived.

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

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 14, 2014 9:43 AM
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The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” finally got some life 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.

Interview: Keanu Reeves Talks Plot & Status Of 'Bill & Ted 3,' What Happened To Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Jekyll' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 2:47 PM
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We were lucky enough to speak to Keanu Reeves earlier today about his directorial debut, the underground fight saga "Man of Tai Chi." We'll have more from our interview with Reeves in the days ahead (including what it was like transitioning from "Man of Tai Chi" to "47 Ronin") but we wanted to first share with you an update about three seemingly endlessly gestating projects for the actor: the third "Bill & Ted" movie, the sci-fi romance "Passengers" (which recently cast its leading lady) and what happened with "Jekyll," a film that at one time he was going to make with Nicolas Winding Refn.

Reese Witherspoon Out, Rachel McAdams In For 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 4:30 PM
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To say "Passengers" has been in the works for years is no exaggeration. Since at least 2010 it has been brewing, with Keanu Reeves — who first commissioned the script from Jon Spaihts after reading his 2007 Black List entry "Shadow 19" — attached, going through a couple iterations, without much success. But steam seems to be building now. Earlier this year, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk signed on to direct, with Reese Witherspoon joining not longer after. But now there's a casting switcheroo, but nothing that should hold things up.

Reese Witherspoon Bounces Back From Arrest With 'Passengers' & 'Depth Of Field'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 3, 2013 10:01 AM
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The past few weeks have undoubtedly been a bit difficult for Reese Witherspoon. She’s never been known to get in any legal troubles, but she most recently had to appear in court after getting arrested for disorderly conduct while her husband was pulled over for a DUI. An embarrassing situation for anyone, even worse when there’s video of the entire situation (see below). So what does one do to get past a situation like that? You get back to work. And that’s exactly what Witherspoon plans on doing.

'Game Of Thrones' Director Brian Kirk To Helm Sci-Fi 'Passengers' Starring Keanu Reeves, Penned By Jon Spaihts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 3:49 PM
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Keanu Reeves, Jon Spaights, Passengers
Long before he docked onto the project that would become "Prometheus," screenwriter Jon Spaihts made waves with his 2007 Black List script "Passengers." It was all thanks to Keanu Reeves, who had read Spaihts' script "Shadow 19," and then hired him to pen what became "Passengers." He loved the material so much he agreed to star and produce, and back in 2010, Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness," "Seven Pounds") signed on to direct...and nothing happened... Well, not entirely. "Passengers" got Spaihts the attention of Ridley Scott and the rest is history, but now his breakthrough script is coming back to life.

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