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Edgar Wright Set to Direct ‘Set My Heart to Five’ For Focus Features

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Edgar Wright attends The Inaugural Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award Ceremony at Taglyan Complex on January 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)

Edgar Wright is in talks to direct “Set My Heart to Five,” an adaptation of an upcoming novel from Simon Stephenson. Focus Features is distributing the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the synopsis follows a dentist android named Jared. Set 34 years ahead of the present-day, Jared discovers the musings and memorabilia of the ’80s and ’90s. He then sets forth on a venture to convince the world that his bot species deserves to feel emotion.

Wright is directing from a script adapted by Stephenson. The novel will publish in the U.S. in September, with a U.K. publication rollout in the Summer of 2020.

Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” Courtesy: TriStar Pictures

Wright is the director behind features including “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” two comedies incorporating the eclectic duo of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Wright also directed “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “The World’s End.” His latest theatrical release, 2017’s “Baby Driver,” made over $107 million at the domestic box office and over $226 million at the worldwide market. His upcoming slate includes the drama thriller, “Last Night in Soho,” starring Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma.”), Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), and Thomasin McKenzie (“Jojo Rabbit”). Focus Features is also distributing the feature, which is tentatively releasing on September 25. More will develop should the industry effects of the pandemic alter its release.

“Set My Heart to Five” looks to put Edgar Wright back to his comically and intrinsic saturation of style. Working Title Films and Complete Fiction Pictures are producing the film. Focus Features is distributing the film, along with his forthcoming project, “Last Night in Soho.”

Recent and upcoming titles on the Focus Features docket include “Emma.,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” “Promising Young Woman,” and “The High Note.”

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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