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Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence team up for outer-space romance

Can outer space handle the sheer awesomeness that is a sci-fi romance between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt? We'll find out with Sony Pictures' newly green-lit movie "Passengers."

Fresh off his stint with dinosaurs in "Jurassic World," Chris Pratt will try to woo Jennifer Lawrence in outer-space in "Passengers." Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

After a lengthy budget dispute, Sony Pictures has officially green-lit "Passengers," a sci-fi romance that will see "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence and " Jurassic World" star Chris Pratt falling in love in outer space.

Not to be confused with that other XXX outer space we wrote about recently, "Passengers" tells the tale of a man (Chris Pratt) on an interstellar spaceship who gets woken up 90 years before the ship arrives at its destination. Instead of spending several decades aboard the ship growing old and ultimately dying alone, he decides to wake up a female passenger (J-Law) to pass the time with him.

The script for "Passengers" was written by "Prometheus" writer Jon Spaihts, and the project has been through multiple iterations before finally receiving the green light from Sony Pictures Motion Picture Chairman Tom Rothman. Keanu Reeves was initially tied to the project, with both Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams lined up to be Reeves' co-star at various stages of development, but the Reeves project was ultimately dropped.

A few months ago, Pratt and Lawrence signed on for the starring roles, and after a lengthy budgetary dispute that primarily revolved around salaries, Sony has officially given "Passengers" the go-ahead. The film will be directed by "The Imitation Game" director Morten Tyldum, and will enter pre-production in September.

(Via The Wrap)