This time around, Tariq is working on A Tale of Shadows: Illusions – the first of many expected sequels from A Tale of Shadows – due for an early 2020 release.
“A Tale of Shadows has always been a huge universe for me. I’ve actually got about nine stories to tell, inspired by the first installment,” says Tariq.
The sequel tells the story of a detective and a journalist on the trail of a case of a girl who mysteriously appears in a hospital covered in blood.
Their search leads them to a farm where they are confronted by chaos and illusions.
But while the movie picks up from where the original film had left off, A Tale of Shadows: Illusions is no means just a continuation of its predecessor.
For one, Tariq consciously changes his directing style to give his latest project a fresh take – something that he is hoping the audience would appreciate.
“In my previous movie, I’d complicate the story by trying to fit in a lot of information and details all at once,” he muses.
“This time, however, I made the story simpler with little complications. My past films also usually had a lot of dialogues or a lot of action.
This time, I’ve balanced both elements. Likewise, my previous movies always follow the story of a single character.
Now, I made it a point to show the stories of all characters.” Tariq is of course hoping that his latest approach will only make A Tale of Shadows: Illusions even more hair-raising and all the more intriguing to viewers.
“Horror feeds into our innate curiosity for the unexplained. There’s a feeling of thrill – as dark as that may sound – that goes with fear. We like seeking the unknown and this movie will tap into that emotion.”