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'Passengers' screenwriter comments on Rachel McAdams quitting the film

"Passengers" screenwriter Jon Spaihts is the first member of the film's team to publicly comment on the recent problems that the movie has been experiencing. On March 15, 2014, someone asked Spaihts on Twitter: "Hi! The latest news about #Passengers were not good.What made me really sad.You know something good about this film to tell us?" Spaihts replied: "All is not lost. Stay tuned."

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As previously reported, Rachel McAdams dropped out of the sci-fi movie "Passengers," and the movie (starring Keanu Reeves) is now in limbo. According to a Hollywood Reporter article published on March 13, 2014, McAdams' departure from "Passengers" led to the Weinstein Company dropping the movie. The film's producers are now seeking U.S. distribution from another company.

No reason was given for McAdams' exit from "Passengers."

On March 15, 2014, Spaihts (whose film credits also include "Prometheus" and "The Darkest Hour") retweeted a comment from filmmaker Eric Heisserer that may or may nor be a hint about the turmoil behind "Passengers." Heisserer tweeted: "I pitched and sold an original idea to a studio that then got warped and twisted into something else. That can happen. It has happened. It will happen. You have to keep swinging and act as if it won't happen again to you." Heissserer screenwriting credits include the 2011 remake of "The Thing," "Final Destination 5" and the 2010 remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

According to The Hollywood Reporter: "Exclusive Media is representing international rights. Insiders say 'Game of Thrones' and 'Boardwalk Empire' director Brian Kirk was set to start shooting 'Passengers' in Germany on April 7, but the start date has been pushed back by at least several weeks, if not more. 'Passengers,' hoping to tap into the same success that 'Gravity' enjoyed, stars Reeves as a colonist aboard a spacecraft carrying 5,000 sleeping passengers to a new world. After accidentally awakening and becoming lonely, he rouses Aurora. Falling in love, they eventually realize it is up to them to save everyone on the journey. Reese Witherspoon was attached to star in 'Passengers' before McAdams."

This movie is not to be confused with the psychological drama movie "Passengers," which was released in 2008 and starred Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson.

According to the Internet Movie Database, McAdams' upcoming movies include the thriller "A Most Wanted Man" (which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival), the drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," the animated "The Little Prince" and a still-untitled movie written and directed by Cameron Crowe.

McAdams rose to fame in 2004 with the release of the movie hits "Mean Girls" and "The Notebook." She has appeared in several independent and major studio movies, including "Wedding Crashers," "The Vow," "Sherlock Holmes," "State of Play," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Morning Glory," "Midnight in Paris," "To the Wonder," "Passion" and "About Time." All of these movies are available on VOD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.

Reeves was most recently in the Universal Pictures box-office bomb "47 Ronin," a movie about Japanese samurai. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "47 Ronin" cost $175 million to produce but grossed only $146 million worldwide. "47 Ronin" was Reeves' first starring role in a major studio movie since the 2008 remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which also flopped. He appeared in mostly independent films since then, including "Man of Tai Chi" (his directorial debut), "Henry's Crime" and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."

Even though McAdams and Witherspoon have dropped out of making "Passengers" with Reeves, he is still committed to the project, which he has been developing since 2006.

Reeves told IGN in a December 2014 interview: "'Passengers' is about a guy who wakes up on a spaceship that’s doing a homesteading, that’s going to another planet to live, along with 5,000 other passengers. Something happens, and he wakes up too soon. He’s surrounded by the sleeping passengers and a robot android, Arthur. He starts to kind of lose his mind. He becomes lonely, and he ends up waking up a passenger, Aurora, and not telling her. It’s a love story — Adam and Eve, in a kind of way.

"I love genre films when … and it's oftentimes what they can do, like science fiction or even a kung fu film, like with 'Man of Tai Chi,' or films that I've had a chance to work in like 'The Matrix' or 'A Scanner Darkly.' Even, in a way, 'Chain Reaction' or 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' for me they're the genres that can be a Trojan Horse for bigger ideas. They can have an entertainment value to them specific to the genre or not. Sometimes the story breaks out of the genre content. But then you can put in big ideas in human ways."

In a February 2014 interview, "Passengers" production designer Adam Stockhausen talked to NPR Berlin about the movie's production design: “I can’t say much about it, except that we are designing a space ship right now, which is an incredible amount of fun. It has no purple in it. Maybe a bit of pink, and no yellow.”

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