The director of Ex Machina and Annihilation is returning yet again to the sci-fi genre with a new eight-episode FX series in which he inked an overall deal with the production company back in July of 2017.
Garland is planning to bring that fixation on the humanistic side of sci-fi to television. Garland revealed the eight-part sci-fi TV series to Fandango:
“The next project, provided it happens – hopefully, we’re gonna shoot it later this year – [and it’s] an eight-part television series for FX. It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology-based sci-fi whereas Annihilation is a more hallucinogenic form of 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.”
All eight episodes have been written, and Garland hopes to direct them all.
Garland penned the screenplay for Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro set in a dystopian world about three alumni from a reclusive boarding school caught in a love triangle. With Ex Machina, about a programmer enlisted to evaluate the human qualities of a synthetic robot, the film earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay and a win for best visual effects.
Garland’s latest film Annihilation follows a group of soldiers that venture into a zone rendered uninhabitable after an environmental catastrophe. Only one of the soldiers (Oscar Isaac) returns, but he’s on the verge of death. The soldier’s biologist wife (Natalie Portman) then volunteers to return to the forbidden realm, which is dominated by a mysterious phenomenon called “The Shimmer.” Once inside the zone, Portman and her team discover bizarre mutant creatures that continuously evolve.
The new film is already garnering “head-spinning” reviews that run the gamut of positivity.
ANNIHILATION: I was lucky enough to get an early peek, and have kept thinking about it for months. Alex Garland has crafted a thrilling, beautiful and scary sci-fi which is progressive by not pointing out the gender of its protagonists. I spent a lot of it hiding behind my hands! pic.twitter.com/1e3Dv0d9pG
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) February 8, 2018
This much is clear: #Annihilation is NOT the movie you walk out and take to Twitter for a quick opinion. It's grabs you hard and leaves you frazzled. Hats off to Paramount for letting Garland be himself on a bigger budget https://t.co/1nkKEmuPkF
— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) February 8, 2018
#ANNIHILATION: This is the type of sci-if we always say we want to see. Bold, challenging, singular, visually dazzling. Would not be the least bit surprised to see it hailed as a masterpiece (and it might actually be one).
— Ben Pearson (@benpears) February 8, 2018
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) February 8, 2018
Annihilation opens in theaters on February 23, 2018. There is no word on his FX series but look for it sometime in 2019.
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