They say to book your next project before the one coming out has a chance to potentially fail, so kudos to Annihilation director Alex Garland for lining up his next creative endeavor: an eight-part FX sci-fi series.
Granted, it's the first fruits of an existing deal from last year, and furthermore, there’s no reason to think that Annihilation will get annihilated at the box office, considering all the hype that Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina is making ahead of its Feb. 23 release. Regardless, it sounds like the film will be on one end of the sci-fi spectrum, while this TV show will be on the other.
According to a recent interview with 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.”
Should the project happen, it will be the first from his television development deal with Fox that was signed last year. Garland says they will “hopefully” shoot the series later this year. All the episodes are reportedly already written, with plans for him to direct them all, though that may not be possible for “practical reasons.”
Having already spent some time with the project, Garland seems to know quite a bit about it, even at this early point:
“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.”
Ex Machina, which, put simply, imagines the soul of an automaton, was Garland’s first director job, but he was a prolific sci-fi screenwriter before that, including writing Never Let Me Go, about the souls of clones. So, any guesses what the new FX series will be about?
Whatever it is, you can bet we’ll be watching. What about you?