The long-gestating Keanu Reeves sci-fi project has resurfaced at Exclusive Media with the additional star wattage of Reese Witherspoon. President of international sales and distribution Alex Walton will introduce in Cannes.

Wayfare Entertainment is financing the sci-fi romance and will produce with Company Films. Production is scheduled for January 2014 after Exclusive Media’s president of worldwide production and acquisitions Tobin Armbrust brought in the project.

Brian Kirk will direct the story of a man on board a colony-bound craft who awakens from his cryogenic sleep long before he is supposed to and wakes up a second passenger for company.

Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts wrote the screenplay, which made the 2007 Black List. James Robinson’s Morgan Creek brought Passengers to the Cannes market several years ago as a $90m epic and it subsequently fell through.

Stephen Hamel and Wayfare CEO Ben Browning are producing. Hamel and Reeves developed the project through their production house Company Films. Michael Maher and Lynwood Spinks of Wayfare parent company Start Media will serve as executive producers.