Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead filmmaker Edgar Wright has lined up his next directing job: an adaptation of upcoming sci-fi novel Set My Heart to Five.
Set My Heart to Five is the debut novel from British writer Simon Stephenson, who previously wrote Let Not the Waves of the Sea, a moving memoir about his grieving process after losing a sibling in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephenson is also writing the screenplay for Wright’s movie.
The story is “set in all-too human 2054,” according to publishers Fourth Estate, and follows an android named Jared who “undergoes an emotional awakening and embarks on a quest to convince humans that he and his kind should be permitted to feel.”
Jared’s quest for emotional development is partly inspired by his introduction to classic ’80s and ’90s movies, an era that’s very much in Wright’s wheelhouse. He’s spoken in the past about being influenced by ’80s movies including An American Werewolf in London and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Wright’s new movie Last Night in Soho, a psychological horror story starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, is due in theaters September. His last movie was the acclaimed 2017 action flick Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort.
Meanwhile, Wright’s frequent collaborator Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead co-star Nick Frost recently teamed up for a hilarious PSA emphasizing the importance of social distancing during the Coronavirus crisis.
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