Netflix made waves this week when it announced the acquisition of Tau, an “Evil Smart-House” thriller starring Maika Monroe (It Follows), Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool). According to Variety, the streaming giant will handle worldwide distribution of the film, except for the Chinese market.
The film follows Julia (Monroe), a former con-artist and current captive as she is imprisoned and experimented on by her captor, Alex (Skrein). Her life depends on her ability to outsmart the home’s artificial intelligence, named “Tau”. This intelligence, created by Alex in secret, is loaded with robots and drones that automate his home and lab. Julia must find a way to break into and connect herself to Tau before she meets the grisly fate of those that came before her.
Tau was written by Noga Landau and was included in Hollywood’s annual ‘Black List” for 2014. This list features the survey results naming the most liked un-produced scripts available. The film is the directorial debut for Federico D’Alessandro, a former animatics supervisor and storyboard artist for Marvel. He has previously worked on gigantic blockbusters such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Principle photography wrapped in Serbia earlier this year and the film is expected to be released early 2018.
Fans of horror have raved over the performances of Maika Monroe in 2014’s It Follows and The Guest. Tatiana Siegel of The Hollywood Reporter even dubbed her “Hollywood’s Next Big Thing” in a piece from last summer. Let’s hope that Tau gives her a chance to flex her acting muscles much like those two films from 2014. Keep your eyes on Nightmare on Film Street as we will update you with official release dates and other information when it becomes available.
Jon and Kim discussed It Follows and put it head-to-head against The Babadook in a podcast episode that can be found HERE. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!