The failure to launch is over. The sci-fi movie “Passengers” will soon reportedly lift off starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence after a lingering controversy with its studio, Sony. That is, if Sony can find the chump change to pay the “Jurassic World” and “The Hunger Games” series stars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Passengers” is inching along toward the green light after its stars' terms were met. Pratt, who led the biggest box office weekend with “Jurassic World,” will score an extra $2 million dollar bonus for the project. He will reportedly receive a total $12 million for the film. The more established franchise star, Lawrence, will pocket a cool $20 million against 30 percent of the profits once the movie breaks even. Not a bad way to start a new movie.
“Passengers” has been floating around in Hollywood like space debris with different stars attached, including Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams, for quite some time. Now, with a potential repeat of Sony’s “American Hustle” snafu lingering -- the incident involved the studio paying its female stars, including Lawrence, less than their male counterparts -- the project looks closer to becoming a reality with “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum at the helm.
The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in September. Because Lawrence has finished both “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men” franchises, the break into original material not directed by David O. Russell will be a change of pace for the 24-year-old actress.
On the other hand, Pratt is just ramping up his career post “Jurassic World.” The 35-year-old actor has confirmed his involvement in the next “Jurassic World” sequel and is dodging questions about whether he will take control of the iconic “Indiana Jones” fedora and bullwhip.
Casting confirmation for the sci-fi drama is expected to be released soon.