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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.21.16] post apocalyptic scifi

Hot on the heels of Netflix's announcement of the upcoming "Altered Carbon" adaptation comes news that the studio is working on another sci-fi offering though this one, an indie movie.

Written and directed by Tony Elliott, Arq is being described as "a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future when the oil supply has run dry." The story focuses on an engineer who is trapped in a house with a piece of technology which could produce unlimited energy to alleviate the problems of the oil depleted planet. As if being trapped inside by a group of masked intruders isn't bad enough, it turns out the technology has also created a time loop that has him re-living the same day over and over again.

I'm not even going to start to unpack the various details of that plot but I'm hopeful that Elliott, who is not new to sci-fi and has honed his storytelling by working on the excellent "Orphan Black," can pull off this really complicated sounding thriller.

Arq has cast Robbie Amell (of TV's "The Flash") as the engineer and Rachael Taylor (of Netflix's excellent "Jessica Jones") in an unspecified role. The movie begins shooting in Toronto this winter.

Recommended Release: Orphan Black Season 1

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