Edgar Wright will direct an adaptation of the upcoming book Set My Heart to Five for Focus Features and Working Title Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be based on the sci-fi novel by Simon Stephenson, who will adapt the script.
Set My Heart to Five (pre-order at Amazon) is schedule to be published by Hanover Square Press in the U.S. in September 2020, while 4th Estate will release the book in the UK this summer. The official description goes as follows:
“For fans of Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman, a delightfully entertaining, deceptively poignant debut novel about a humanlike bot named Jared, whose emotional awakening leads him on an unforgettable quest for connection, belonging and possibly even true love.
Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.
One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel.
Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him.
He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared’s new life could come to an end before it truly begins.
Delectably entertaining and deceptively moving, Set My Heart to Five is a profound exploration of what makes us human and a love letter to outsiders everywhere.
Focus and Working Title are also behind Edgar Wright’s upcoming Last Night in Soho, which is scheduled to open in theaters on September 25, 2020.
Wright’s credits include the series Spaced and feature films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Baby Driver.