ONEleading to its impressive teen horror collection, in July, Netflix acquired the global rights to CURS> R, a horror thriller starring Asa Butterfield, Iola Evans and Eddie Marsan. The film is a dark twist on the 80s gaming obsession and follows Kayla (played by Iola Evans), who gets trapped in a game and is forced to play for her life.
The film is directed by Toby Meakins who directed movies like Breathe and Floor 9.5. the script for CURS> R It was written by Simon Allen (The clock, Das Boot, The Musketeers) with additional script development by Meakins and Matthew James Wilkinson.
Anton”s Sebastien Raybaud and John Zois, alongside Stigma Films” Matthew James Wilkinson (Yesterday, Summer Days of Bagnold) are the producers with Allen, Meakins and Wilkinson also acting as co-creators. Allen, Liza Glucoft and Nick Angel are executive producers. Holly Hubsher oversaw the project on Anton”s behalf.
It”s worth mentioning that there was a Quibi game title called CURS_R in development in December 2019.
John Zois of Anton stated in a press release:
“Toby is a visionary in the space of horror with an innate genius for both the original storytelling and the austere and mysterious palates he creates onscreen. Simon, Toby and Matt worked to create something exceptionally exciting for horror fans. ”
Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films added:
“Incredibly excited to be working on such an original and terrifying concept as CURS>R – taking modern horror and twisting it to pit our hero against 80s nostalgia! Simon, Toby and I enjoy working with Anton to bring this idea to the screen. ”
Here”s everything we know about Netflix CURS> R:
What is the plot of CURS>R?
According to Deadline, the film will follow Kayla, who dropped out of college and decides to play an obscure 1980s survival computer game in search of an unclaimed $125,000 prize. But the game curses her and she is faced with dangerous choices and challenges that involve reality. After a series of unexpectedly terrifying moments, she realizes that she is no longer playing for money, but for life. The game traps her in an inevitable cycle of mind-blowing terror. Stopping is not an option. It”s play or die.
Who is cast in CURS>R?
Iola Evans, known for her performance in the 100 plays the main role of Kayla, the college dropout who is cursed by the game. Another main cast includes butterfield wing (sex education) Eddie Marsan (The End of the World, Wrath of Man, Hobbs and Shaw), as well as Freddie Kruger himself: Robert Englund (A nightmare on Elm Street)
Marsan expressed his enthusiasm for the project in a recent tweet:
I received this script, written by Simon Allen, and it just blew me away, it was horrible. The director @tobymeakins is a true visionary, I think this is going to be something 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 Five Armies), Angela Griffin (Harvey of last chance) and Joe Bolland (The Trial of Christine Keeler)
What is the production status of CURS>R?
Filming was mostly done in the UK. It all started on March 22, 2021 and ended on May 1, 2021 and the project is currently in post-production. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from Toby Meakins” Instagram:
What is the release date of CURS>R?
No release date information has been released so far, but we can probably look for a release date in late 2021 or early 2022.