Alex Garland Would Direct DC’s Swamp Thing If Given The Chance

He got his start with the novel The Beach, which was adapted into the Leonard DiCaprio feature of the same name. He then moved into film, writing movies such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go – not to mention his brilliant directorial debut Ex Machina.

Now with his next directorial effort Annihilation coming soon to theaters in the US, and going straight to Netflix in the UK, Garland has cast his eye to another medium needing his science fiction expertise. Garland cut a deal back in 2017 to produce a sci-fi TV show for FX. In an interview with Fandango, Garland teased some more details of what his TV debut will look like. 

“The next project, provided it happens… is an eight-part television series for FX,” Garland told Fandango. “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.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

Sounds intriguing. FX has had good success with the eight-episode first season format as of late. Marvel sci-fi-adjacent series Legion had a well-received eight-episode first season on FX before expanding to 10 in its soon-to-debut second.

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Garland added that like other eight-episode series auteur Nic Pizzolatto, he plans on directing all eight episodes. Our sci-fi writing boy has come a long way since The Beach.

After penning the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, Garland made his directorial debut with 2015’s Ex Machina. His new film Annihilation is based upon the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name, and sees Natalie Portman leading a cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Tuva Novotny, David Gyasi and Benedict Wong. It opens in the States on February 23rd, with Netflix set to introduce the movie internationally in March.

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“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,” said Garland. “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.”

Screenwriter-turned-director Alex Garland is a hot ticket these days. Fresh off of the success of his Academy Award-winning directorial debut, Ex Machina, his follow-up feature, Annihilation, arrives in just a few weeks, and he’s not slowing down. Last summer, the director inked an exclusive development deal with FX Productions, and he’s hoping to start filming his first series for them later this year.

“The next project, provided it happens… is an eight-part television series for FX,” Garland told Fandango. “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.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

Annihilation Director Alex Garland Developing TV Series

Garland reveals that the eight episodes are already written for the series and that he hopes to direct all eight of them for the cable channel but admits, “For practical reasons that might not be possible.”

A title, cast, plot details, and collaborators for the series are currently not known, but check back here for more details on the series as we learn them!

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