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Cabin Pressure: Keanu Reeves First Passenger to Board “The Entertainment System Is Down”

Cabin Pressure: Keanu Reeves First Passenger to Board “The Entertainment System Is Down”

Following in the footsteps of Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves is the next actor in line for a special kind of miserablism reserved for air travellers in Ruben Östlund’s The Entertainment System Is Down. The project which was set to shoot only next year might be taking flight earlier than projected – it’s entirely possible that the film project could be pushing for a Cannes 2025 drop — according to Variety the screenplay has been finalized. We can’t wait to see what ensemble of actors the Swedish director puts in this tin box. The novel approach here with the film is Östlund will film in real time — so long takes will likely test auds’ patience.

Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel “Brave New World,” this is described as a social satire set on a long-haul flight on which the entertainment system isn’t working, sparking chaos and rages among passengers.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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