Netflix takes hold of sci-fi thriller Tau starring Maika Monroe and Gary Oldman

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Streaming powerhouse Netflix has acquired the rights to Federico D'Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller Tau in a global deal that excludes China. The news of the deal was made during the American Film Market by Bloom, according to Deadline.

The movie stars Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, and Gary Oldman and tells the story of a woman who is held captive in a futuristic smart house and hopes to escape by breaking into the computer programs that control the house.

The advanced artificial intelligence that controls the house goes by the name of Tau, which has been developed by her creepy captor Alex, played by Skrein.

Written by Noga Landau (TV’s The Haunted and The Magicians), the project counts Dark Knight and Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer as a producer and marks D'Alessandro’s first big foray into feature filmmaking, after working as animatics artist and storyboard supervisor on the likes of The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Meanwhile, lead star Monroe has enjoyed a series of breakout roles lately, including 2014's It Follows and The Guest, as well as last year's Independence Day: Resurgence.

Tau certainly sounds like an exciting watch, and yet another sign that Netflix is happy to splash the cash on boosting its roster of original content. Last month, the streaming giant announced that it plans to spend up to $8 billion on producing new original content. Well, if that includes more sci-fi projects, then we're on board.

What do you think about the sci-fi thriller Tau?