Emma Roberts to Star in Stampede Ventures & Prime Video’s SPACE CADET
Stampede Ventures kicks off TODAY with a new romantic comedy film, Space Cadet, which will begin production in September. The film landed Emma Roberts (Holidate, Madame Web) as lead star and executive producer. Prime Video is onboarding as an international digital distributor, with the film set to launch exclusively on Prime Video internationally.
Liz W. Garcia (The Lifeguard) is set to direct from her original screenplay. The film follows a Florida party girl (Roberts), who turns out to be the only hope for NASA’s space program after a stroke of luck puts her in training with other candidates who may have best resumes, but who do NOT have his brains, heart, and moxie.
Greg Silverman and Jon Berg will produce on behalf of Stampede Ventures, with Stampede Ventures’ Gideon Yu and Chris Bosco serving as executive producers. Emma Roberts, Liz W. Garcia and Michael Tadross also serve as executive producers.
“Emma’s incredible wit and comedic timing perfectly embodies the role of REX, and Liz’s portrayal of this character makes the female takeover of the STEM field so unique and fun, and we hope it inspires young women interested in the field,” said Jon Berg, president of production at Stampede Ventures. “The space race continues to intrigue us around the world, so we have no doubt that viewers around the world will tune in to this incredible female narrative.”
“We are thrilled to work with Stampede Ventures to bring Space Cadet to Prime Video,” said Matt Huntley, Director, Worldwide Film Licensing, Prime Video. “Now more than ever, we all need fun and adventure, and this charming film will undoubtedly bring both to Prime Video members everywhere.”
Currently, Emma Roberts is in production on Marvel’s Madame Web, the Spider-Man spin-off. Under his production banner, Belletrist TV, Roberts produces the Tell Me Lies series based on Carola Lovering’s novel of the same name.
Previously, Roberts starred alongside Luke Bracey in the Netflix movie Holidate, directed by John Whitesell. The romantic comedy followed two strangers who get tired of the pressures of vacation dating and make a deal to be each other’s designated “vacationer” for an entire year.
Liz W. Garcia wrote and directed the film One Percent More Humid for Sony, and wrote and directed The Lifeguard, starring Kristen Bell, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, she co-wrote Purple Hearts, with Sofia Carson, for Netflix, served as executive producer on Katori Hall’s Starz drama P-Valley, and also served as co-executive producer on the first season. His series writing credits also include The Sinner, Wonderfalls and Dawson’s Creek.
Stampede Ventures will fund licensing for international territories, outside of the United States and Japan, with Prime Video.
CAA’s Sarah Schweitzman will co-represent with Stampede Venture’s Chris Bosco for additional territories.
Silverman started Stampede Ventures in 2018. The global media company is currently working on the Netflix animated feature Prince of Port au Prince by Wyclef Jean; Lionsgate’s feature film Ordinary Angels starring Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson which is in post-production; the unscripted international format Hungry for Love which has just completed production for the Israeli network HOT; and Morgan Neville’s Netflix documentary, Curveball.
Recent releases include the Mo Willems CGI-animated rock special Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience which premiered on HBOMax in June. Willems’ previous Stampede special, Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars Present: DON’T Let The Pigeon Do Storytime!, received two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2021.
Last year, Stampede expanded its foundation into the kids and family space by partnering with UTA to launch HappyNest, an animation production company that incubates intellectual property for kids and family content.
Liz W. Garcia is replaced by CAA, Lit Entertainment Group and Mckuin, Frankel, Whitehead LLP.
Emma Roberts is replaced by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.