Alex Garland is one of the hottest names in the genre game these days, and the writer/director has now given an update on his next project.
Speaking to Fandango, Garland has revealed that he’s currently developing an eight-part sci-fi series for FX as part of his collaborative deal with the network. As he explained, “The next project, provided it happens, hopefully we’re gonna shoot it later this year, an eight-part television series for FX.”
Garland added, “It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology-based sci-fi whereas Annihilation is a more technology-based sci-fi and more fantastical form of sci-fi. This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now – not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now – and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.”
Having written the likes of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, Garland finally made his feature-film directing debut with 2015’s mesmerising Ex Machina. As alluded to in his comments, imminently arriving is Annihilation, his second stint in the director’s chair.
Starring the likes of Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the official word on Annihilation reads:
A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone and only one soldier comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for another expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him.
Annihilation is currently set for a February 23rd cinema release in the US, with the picture heading straight to Netflix in plenty of other international markets - and the early reviews already have it pegged as an absolute belter, with some labelling it as a masterpiece and a bona fide sci-fi classic.
Back to the aforementioned new sci-fi series, the current plan for this to-be-titled effort is for Garland to direct each of the eight episodes, with all of the episodes actually already written.
As ever, expect more on all of this as we get it.