Keanu Reeves Sci-Fi Passengers

The sci-fi Passengers has an interesting, romantic/creepy premise: when one of 5000 deep-sleep colonists en route to a new world is accidentally awakened during the journey, he wakes another passenger, a woman, to keep him company. After years in development, the film is to be directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire) with Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams starring. But Passengers just lost McAdams, and then the Weinsten Company bowed out.

Update: Focus Features is now in talks to pick up Passengers, says Variety, though a new co-star has not been found. But it has a home once again! Original article follows.

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A space-based drama called Passengers is the script that led to Jon Spaihts scripting the Alien prequel that became Prometheus. Popular as Passengers was with those who read it, the project has languished for years in a sort of development hell.

The script is built around a great concept in which a malfunction on a ship transporting sleeping humans through space wakes one passenger. Unable to go back to deep sleep and frightened of spending his entire life alone, the man wakes a female passenger.

Now, after stalling out some time ago the film is finally moving forward once again, with Keanu Reeves starring and Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk set to make his feature debut. Read More »

Brian Kirk in Talks to Direct ‘The Osterman Weekend’

The other way to write the headline for this story would be “Game of Thrones Director to Remake Sam Peckinpah Film.” But even the most ardent Peckinpah fan — and I’m pretty damn ardent — isn’t going to yell very loud to claim Peckinpah’s adaptation of the novel by Robert Ludlum as one of the director’s fairer works.

In fact, if there’s a Peckinpah film that begs for a remake it might be this one. The director was unhealthy and nearly outcast from the film industry when he was hired to give the original production some action cred. But he hated the script (so did the screenwriter, supposedly) and wanted to rewrite it. After the producers forbade that, Peckinpah made the movie but delivered a cut that test audiences and the producers detested. He was fired, the movie was re-cut without him, and the result is nothing that anyone is too eager to highlight on their resume.

So now Brian Kirk, the Game of Thrones director who was originally tapped to direct Thor 2 for Marvel, is in talks to direct a new version of the story about a guy who is told that his friends are actually enemy spies. Read More »

Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk has worked mostly in television, but he’s been making moves toward the big screen in recent months. He was up for the job of directing Thor 2 before Patty Jenkins won the job, and over the summer he signed on for Paper Wings with Tom Cruise. Now he’s landed another intriguing feature — the Guillermo del Toro-produced thriller Midnight Delivery. More details after the jump.

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Brian Kirk hasn’t totally sealed the deal for Thor 2 just yet, but he’s eyeing another new project that could come afterward. Kirk has entered talks to direct a rodeo romance titled Paper Wings, which Tom Cruise is developing and will probably star in. Writer Leslie Bohem (Dante’s Peak) and producer Marty Bowen initially developed the idea in 2005, and set the film up at New Line in 2006, but progress has been slow-going since then. The talks with Kirk are the first new development since a table read last year with potential stars Cruise, Will Smith, Anna Kendrick, and others. Read more after the jump.

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Briefly: Marvel Studios is taking the next step in putting a Thor sequel into production; the studio is now in talks with Brian Kirk to direct the film that will follow on from Kenneth Branagh’s first chapter. Variety has the news, saying that Brian Kirk’s TV experience with large ensemble casts (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter and Luck) was a contributing factor in Marvel’s decision to hire him.

Thor 2 will be written by Don Payne, and is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.

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