Rocket Science (company)

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Rocket Science is an international film and television sales and financing company based in London, England.


Founded in 2016 by Thorsten Schumacher, Rocket Science sources pre-sales, equity, gap financing and worldwide marketing and distribution for feature films and television.,[1]

Schumacher was formerly Managing Director at Hanway Films, and has overseen sales of more than 100 films, including Academy Award nominees Carol directed by Todd Haynes starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, John Crowley's Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa. Other films include Steve McQueen's Shame starring Michael Fassbender, Quartet, and Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths starring Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell.

Since the creation of the company, Rocket Science has raised finance for over 25 feature films including On On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle,[2] The Old Man & the Gun starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, Juliet,Naked (2018 film)| Juliet, Naked starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O'Dowd, [3] Destroyer (2018 film)|Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan, [4] The BeacThe Beach Bum directed by Harmony Korine, starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg and Zak Efron, [5] The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant and Henry Golding, [6] At Eternity's Gate, directed by Julian Schnabel starring Academy Award Nominee Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac and Mads Mikkelsen, [7] End of Sentence, starring Logan Lerman and John Hawkes, [8] Resistance starring Jesse Eisenberg,[9] The Trial of the Chicago 7 written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, starring Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance and Joseph Gordon Levitt,[10]Flag Day (2020 film)| Flag Day, directed by Sean Penn, starring Dylan Penn, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, [11] Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Kate Hudson, Jeon Jong-seo and Craig Robinson, [12] and French Exit, directed by Azazel Jacobs, starring Michelle Pfeiffer Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts. [13]

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  1. "Former Hanway Films Exec Thorsten Schumacher Launches Rocket Science". 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  2. "Rocket Science Boasts Solid AFM Launch". 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  3. "AFM: Rocket Science launches with buzz slate, first hires". 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  4. "Nicole Kidman to Star in L.A.-Set Crime Thriller 'Destroyer'". 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  5. "Matthew McConaughey Boards 'The Beach Bum' From 'Spring Breakers' Helmer Harmony Korine". 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  6. "Guy Ritchie Returns To 'Lock, Stock' & 'Snatch' Turf With 'Toff Guys'". 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  7. "Willem Dafoe to Play Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel's 'At Eternity's Gate'". 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  8. "John Hawkes & Logan Lerman Head To 'End Of Sentence' For Rocket Science". 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  9. "Rocket Science heads to AFM with 'Resistance' starring Jesse Eisenberg". 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  10. "Hot Berlin Pic: Aaron Sorkin's 'Chicago 7' Adds Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Heads To Market Before Summer Shoot". 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  11. "'Flag Day' Shoot Under Way: Sean Penn Directs & Stars In Drama With Dylan Penn, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Katheryn Winnick, More". 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  12. "'Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon': 'Burning' Breakout Jun Jong-Seo Stars With Kate Hudson, Craig Robinson & Ed Skrein In Ana Lily Amirpour Pic Now Under Way". 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  13. "Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts To Star In 'French Exit' Comedy". 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  14. "Michael Schumacher documentary in the works with Rocket Science". 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  15. "Billy Crystal to Direct Tiffany Haddish in Comedy 'Here Today'". 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  16. "Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Josh O'Connor Team for 'Mothering Sunday' From 'Normal People' Scribe". 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  17. "'Queen Mary' Horror Pic Out Of Dry Dock With Rocket Science Financing And Gary Shore Directing". 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  18. "Leslie Jones-Kristen Bell Coupon Caper 'Queenpins' Lands With Rocket Science — Cannes". 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  19. "Michael Keaton Drama 'Goodrich' From Hallie Meyers-Shyer & Amy Pascal Lifts Off With Rocket Science, CAA & ICM — Cannes". 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  20. "Michael Fassbender to Produce, Star in Lionsgate Spy Thriller 'Malko'". 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  21. "Hang On, Cannes! Neal Moritz's Female-Fronted 'Cliffhanger' Reboot Climbs With Rocket Science, CAA". 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  22. "Joel Edgerton to Star in True Crime Thriller 'The Unknown Man,' Alongside Sean Harris". 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  23. "'Veep' Creator Armando Iannucci Teams With 'Intouchables' Producer Yann Zenou on Comedy 'Sumo'". 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  24. "'All Quiet On The Western Front': Timely German-Language Version Of WWI Classic Heads To EFM With Edward Berger, Daniel Bruhl & Rocket Science". 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  25. "Emma Roberts, Jack Whitehall Starring in Sci-Fi Comedy 'Robots'". 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  26. "Anne Hathaway, Bill Murray Join 'Get Low' Team for 'Bum's Rush'". 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  27. "John Boyega, Felicity Jones, Jack Reynor, Jodie Turner-Smith Unite for Thriller 'Borderland'". 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  28. "Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood to Star in Kazuo Ishiguro's Kurosawa Adaptation 'Living' For Number 9". 2020-10-10. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  29. "Ellen Kuras To Direct Kate Winslet As WWII Correspondent Lee Miller". 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-10-27.

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