Sony gave “Passengers” a greenlight!
With a great script and a projected budget of $117 – $150 million, it’s a surefire hit.
Let’s see… Chris Pratt’s “Jurassic World” has already made $549,762,000 at the box office worldwide. “Guardians of the Galaxy” grossed $774,176,000 worldwide. The audience loves this guy! And everyone loves Jennifer Lawrence.
Deadline claims Lawrence will receive $20 million while Chris Pratt will receive $10 million in salary. So, that’s $30 million off the top of that budget projection. Since “Passengers” would be set in space, it wouldn’t be cheap. Plus, Morten Tyldum is attached to direct. And he’s coming off of the success of his “Imitation Game.”
Jennifer Lawrence is the golden girl looking at the numbers. Higher salary numbers are being reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Jennifer Lawrence, who is only 24-years-old, would get $20 million upfront plus 30% of the profits after it breaks even. And Chris Pratt’s quote would be bumped up a couple million, too.
Hollywood is crazy. A career can turn into a dream or a nightmare overnight.
Here’s the logline for “Passengers:” A spacecraft is transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.
Recently, I read the script for “Passengers” and you can hear Chris Pratt’s voice in the dialogue. Jon Spaihts, who received written by credit on “Prometheus” also wrote “Passengers.” So, it has an authentic feel for a film set in space.
Essentially, it’s a very expensive two-actor film since everyone else on board is still sleeping.
If you woke up early in space, who would you choose to join you? I’d probably enlarge the cast and wake everyone up so I wouldn’t be alone. But Chris Pratt’s Jim character only chooses one character to wake up. How lucky for him that Jennifer Lawrence is aboard?! I choose YOU!
My prediction: We’ll see a big box office for “Passengers” when the time comes. It’s an enjoyable script.
No spoilers here… the film will start shooting soon, so watch for it when it comes to the big screen most likely in early 2016!