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Ex Machina's Alex Garland sets tech thriller TV series at FX as post-Annihilation project

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Mar 13, 2018

After a career that's so far included novels, video games, and feature films, Ex Machina and Annihilation writer/director Alex Garland is making the leap to yet another medium: Television.

Just weeks after Annihilation — his second feature film as director after years of screenwriting work on projects like 28 Days Later and Dredd — premiered to critical acclaim, Garland has shifted gears to work on Devs, a new Silicon Valley techno-thriller about a tech company and its dark secrets that, if successful, will be his first TV series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has ordered a pilot for Devs, which Garland will write, direct and executive produce as his first televison project after signing an overall deal with FX Productions last year. The series centers on Lily, a computer engineer who, following the disappearance of her boyfriend, begins looking into the "secretive development division" of the San Francisco-based tech company she works for. We don't have any details beyond that, but Devs could shape up to be another captivating tech thriller in the vein of current critical darling Mr. Robot

"Devs is a captivating series from Alex Garland, building on his track record of groundbreaking work that challenges our notion of humanity amid the seemingly boundless promise of technology,” FX original programming president Eric Schrier said. "We’re all the more thrilled that Alex will direct and executive produce with our partners at DNA TV and Scott Rudin Productions.”

Thanks to his film work, Garland is primarily known among genre fans for his science fiction work, which often challenges the way we interact with technology and the implications it has for our future. We don't yet know just how deep into sci-fi this series could go (if it veers beyond current tech boundaries at all), but Schrier's remark about "our notion of humanity" in the face of technology is intriguing.

Garland's a storyteller with big ideas about what it means to be human even as machines of all kinds continue to surround us. Devs could be the next frontier of that particular thematic interest for him, not to mention another triumph in the ever-growing field of feature filmmakers giving television a try.