Apple Studios won bidding war for sci-fi drama about robotic companion doll killing its owner

Deadline reports that following a competitive bidding war, Apple Studios has landed Cart, a new feature film starring Oscar nominee Florence Pugh attached to the star with Vanessa Taylor and Drew Pearce penning the screenplay. Insiders close to the project point out that the project does not have the green light at the moment as the script has yet to be written and a director is still to be attached. Insiders add that the package attracted the interest of a total of four bidders which included multiple studios and another streamer with Apple TV + emerging as the winner earlier this week.

The film is a sci-fi drama in which a robotic “companion doll” kills its owner, then shocks the world by claiming that she is not guilty and asks for a lawyer. The film, which is based on the short story of the same name by Elizabeth Bear, contains elements of both classic courtroom drama and sci-fi.

Apple Studios is committed to producing with Pearce also producing via Point of No Return Films, with Florence pugh and Vanessa taylor will be the executive producer. Ian Fisher produces through Point of No Return Films.

The sale marks the first big sale for Pearce’s new production company and the project garnered widespread attention through Pearce’s innovative use of a full video pitch, which saw the project be seen by many. potential buyers simultaneously – something particularly useful in a landscape where studios, streamers, and investors multiply.

Taylor is best known for her Oscar-winning work on The Shape of Water, which she co-wrote with Guillermo del Toro. To find out more, read the full Deadline report.

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