ATo add to its impressive collection of teenage horror, Netflix acquired the worldwide rights to in July CURS> R, a horror thriller starring Asa Butterfield, Iola Evans, and Eddie Marsan. A dark twist on the 1980s gaming obsession, the film follows Kayla (played by Iola Evans) who is trapped in a game and forced to play for her life.
The film is directed by Toby Meakins who directed such films as To breathe and Floor 9.5. The script for CURS> R was written by Simon Allen (The clock, the boat, the musketeers) with additional script development by Meakins and Matthew James Wilkinson.
Antons Sebastien Raybaud and John Zois, along with Stigma Films’ Matthew James Wilkinson (Yesterday days of the Bagnold summer) are the producers, Allen, Meakins, and Wilkinson are also co-creators. Allen, Liza Glucoft and Nick Angel are executive producers. Holly Hubsher managed the project on behalf of Anton.
It’s worth noting that as of December 2019, a Quibi game title called CURS_R was in development.
Antons John Zois stated in a press release:
“Toby is a horror visionary with an innate genius for both original storytelling and the stark, creepy palates he creates on screen. Simon, Toby and Matt have worked to create something uniquely exciting for horror fans. ”
Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films added:
“Incredibly excited to be working on a concept as original and terrifying as CURS> R – taking modern horror and twisting it to set our hero against the nostalgia of the 80s! Simon, Toby and I enjoyed working with Anton to bring this idea to the screen. “
Here’s everything else we know about Netflix CURS> R:
What is the plot of CURS> R?
According to Deadline, the film will follow a broke college dropout Kayla who decides to play an obscure 1980s survival computer game for an unclaimed $ 125,000 prize. But the game curses her and she faces dangerous choices and challenges that envelop reality. After a series of unexpectedly terrifying moments, she realizes that she is no longer playing for money, but for her life. The game locks you in an inescapable cycle of mind-altering horror. Quitting is not an option. It plays or it dies.
Who will be cast in CURS> R?
Iola Evans, known for their performance in The 100 stars as Kayla, the college dropout cursed by the game. Other occupations include Asa Butterfield (Educational classes). Eddie Marsan (The End of the World, Wrath of Man, Hobbs & Shaw) and Freddie Kruger himself: Robert Englund (A nightmare on Elm Street).
Marsan recently expressed his enthusiasm for the project in a tweet:
I was sent this script, written by Simon Allen, and it just blew me away, it was horrific. The director @tobymeakins is a real visionary, I think this is going to be special. https://t.co/8T1JTrtEVE
– Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) June 8, 2021
Supporting cast includes Kate Fleetwood (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Ryan Gage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Angela Griffin (Last chance, Harvey) and Joe Bolland (The trial against Christine Keeler)
What is the production status of CURS> R?
Most of the filming took place in the UK. It started on March 22nd, 2021, wrapped on May 1st, 2021 and the project is currently in post-production. Here are some behind the scenes pics from Toby Meakins’ Instagram:
What is the CURS> R release date?
No release date information has been released yet, but we can most likely look to a release date in late 2021 or early 2022.