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Edgar Wright to Tackle Robot Story 'Set My Heart to Five'

Working Title and Focus Features are behind the project, which is based on an upcoming book by Simon Stephenson.
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Working Title and Focus Features are behind the project, which is based on an upcoming book by Simon Stephenson.

Edgar Wright is attached to direct an adaptation of Set My Heart to Five, an upcoming novel about a robot learning to love.

According to a synopsis, the story is "set in an all-too human 2054" and follows Jared, an android that works as a dentist, as he undergoes an emotional awakening that is sparked by an introduction to '80s and '90s movies. He then embarks on a quest to convince humans that he and his kind should be permitted to feel. It’s a quest that leads to an unforgettable adventure across the West Coast of America, determined to meet to programmer that created him and write a film script that will change the world.

Author Simon Stephenson is set to adapt from his own manuscript.

The book rights were preemptively purchased by Working Title Films, which often works with Wright and is behind the director's upcoming horror-thriller Last Night in Soho, and Complete Fiction Pictures. Focus Features, which will distribute Last Night in Soho, is also attached to Set My Heart to Five.

HarperCollins imprints Hanover Square Press in the U.S. and 4th Estate in the U.K. are set to publish Set My Heart to Five later this year.

Wright, who is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent and Anonymous Content, is the helmer behind such films as Baby Driver and The World's End. He is set to write and direct a Baby Driver sequel for Sony's TriStar.

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