The film “Robots” is based on a short tale by Robert Sheckley, a science fiction writer. It follows a womanizer and a gold-digger who is compelled to work together to track down their robot duplicates, who had fallen in love and absconded together. Under his Company Films brand, Hamel produced the idea.
Casper Christensen(“Klown”) and Hines will co-direct the film. Woodley will co-star with Jack Whitehall, who will be seen in the next Disney feature “Jungle Cruise” and previously appeared in the television series “Bad Education.” In the Virtual Cannes Market, Rocket Science is managing worldwide sales for the film. Cassian Elwes’ Elevated, which is producing alongside Stephen Hamel at Company Films, is co-representing the film’s domestic distribution rights with CAA Media Finance, which secured funding. Executive Producers will be Thorsten Schumacher and Jere Hausfater.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Shailene and Jack partner up to portray the leads in our film at a time when comedies are needed more than ever,” Hines added. “The Descendants” and HBO’s buzzy thriller “Big Little Lies” are among Woodley’s other credits. She just finished the main role in the independent film “Misanthrope” and acted as a producer on the project, and she will star in and produce the upcoming Netflix and Studio Canal feature film “The Last Letter from Your Lover.” The filming of “Robots” will begin in New Mexico in August. Woodley is represented by Hyperion and Felker, Toczek, Suddelston Abramson, a law firm.
Sean Penn’s “Flag Day,” which screens in Official Competition, and Eva Husson’s “Mothering Sunday,” which plays in the Premier Section, are among Rocket Science’s Cannes offerings. Todd Haynes’ “May December,” starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore; Zach Braff’s “A Good Person,” starring Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman; and filmmaker Michael Gracey’s Robbie Williams biography “Better Man” are among the company’s future projects.