The script for Passengers has been awaiting production for nearly a decade now, having been included on the 2007 Black List, which is Hollywood’s annual ranking of their most admired scripts that haven’t been greenlit. The film then had a amplitude of hurtles to overcome just to get to where it is now. Having been bounced around before finally being picked up by Sony Entertainment in 2014, the film began production in Atlanta in 2015. And now finally, Entertainment Weekly has released a couple of teaser pictures of Passengers staring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

The movie takes place primarily on Starship Avalon, a spaceship carrying over 5,000 people and headed for a distant colony planet called “Homestead II”. No clues yet what happened to “Homestead I”. The ship is set to make the 120 year journey with its passengers in hibernation when naturally something malfunctions and Pratt and Lawrence’s characters wake up and subsequently begin to fall in love. Problem is they woke up 90 years too early. 

EW sat down with Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and he talked about the script.

It’s one of those stories that really grabs you and you fall in love with it. It’s very smart and funny and clever and such a page turner I couldn’t put it down. Every 10 pages, something new happens! At the same time it’s a very intimate movie while taking place on this epic scale.
And what it was like to work with some of Hollywood’s most loved stars? Tyldum said: “I honestly couldn’t ask for a better cast. They’re so great together, and both of them are so hard-working.”
Passengers premieres in theaters December 21, 2016.

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