James Cameron’s Avatar was a big budget romance to remember as it resurrected the era. This film proved people still have a unique interest in old-fashioned love storylines. The movie brought together a person who is interested in romance and the sci-fi lover who likes aliens. Such viewers are likely to see a screening of The Notebook, even if it’s their last dollar to view cool 3D aspects. Cameron’s production seemed to save Hollywood from disaster.
Cameron’s Titanic helped revive the memory of Pearl Harbor, but this aspect is what helped Avatar’s groundbreaking presence instead of directly copying sci-fi romance previously created. Since Hollywood has a unique history of trouble such as lack of space at studios, some attempts to recreate related content failed. For a while, some movies tried to mimic the 1977 release of Star Wars.
A new story
Cameron’s previous success is why Passengers is a surprise production in 2016. Passengers, expected to gross roughly $120 to $150 million is a mega-budget production by Sony. The space romance offers interesting action based on the trailer. Some see it as Avatar all over again. It is hard to say since movies like this end up being a bargain deal for DVD shoppers soon after. It could end up with faded copies of movies like The Adventure of Pluto Nash or Mars Needs Moms. It is hard to see how this will play out.
Early signs seem promising. The director of Passengers, Norwegian Morten Tyldum, known for his work on The Imitation Game, gives a modern look to classic space movies of the 70s including Silent Running and Dark Star. Many science fiction filmmakers from the era shared an admiration of traveling through the stars endlessly while imagining madness.
The star travelers Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt awake from hibernating to learn their ship with over 5,000 lives on board is in trouble. Do they fall in love or do they rip one another apart? Is there more to their existence than we know or what people have believed?
The film Passengers is different from similar sci-fi romances of the past. It features Starship Avalon with more modern living aspects of the 22nd-century. A robot, played by Michael Sheen, serves the star travelers in space. The couple may be seen as the hero and heroine, but will luxury help or hurt their relationship since they are the only souls to be seen millions of light years away? Is it possible Sheen has a guidebook on how to be an evil robot written by Cameron-Scott?
Even though it is a space romance there are elements that make this movie stand out from Avatar. Cameron’s production was a success without A-list actors. The visuals and the film-makers imagination were what the film was about.
Passengers is like a throwback version of earlier romance sci-fi films people would line up to see with characters played by Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy during the 1940s to Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks during the 1990s. People were interested in the current production and wondered what would be next.
Pratt is paid roughly $8 million less than Lawrence according to Sony who is paying her a reported $20 million. Past films of Tyldum’s didn’t drive people to the box office. This means Passengers has the little fan base to get people to theaters on opening weekend.
The movie is based on a script that is original from a 2007 blacklist of best Hollywood screenplays that had yet to be filmed. The star power dreamed up through the Norwegian director and character chemistry is what the studio is banking on. Endless remakes, cinematic universes, sequels and adaptations seem to rule the box office, so this film is considered a bold move.