Keanu Reeves Boards Gabriele Muccino’s Passengers

Keanu Reeves in a sci-fi or fantasy-ish movie where he gets to fight things is probably as guaranteed gold at the box office as you can get. Keanu Reeves in a drama where emoting is very necessary? Um, not so much. It looks like Reeves’ latest, the sci-fi drama “Passengers” is going to require more of Reeves just knowing kung fu, which may be problematic. Hey, I’m not saying he can’t pull it off, but I am saying Keanu Reeves ain’t exactly Denzel Washington, you know.

But I digress.

Reeves has officially boarded Gabriele Muccino’s sci-fi drama “Passengers” for Morgan Creek. Here’s the premise:

Set in the future, “Passengers” centers on Jim Preston (Reeves), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship.

A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim’s misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself

Muccino is the director of two Will Smith Oscar-bait films, “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Seven Pounds”, so he definitely knows how to squeeze some melodramatic emotion out of a film. He’ll have to work miracles with Reeves, though.

Muccino will direct from a script by Jon Spaihts, and shooting is expected early next year.

Stupid malfunctioning hypersleep pod chamber thingies.