Director/writer Alex Garland is shifting creative outlets to the small screen with FX’s announcement today that the network is picking up his tech thriller, Devs, to series. The eight-episode season will be written and directed by Garland for a 2019 premiere.
Leaning more toward the cutting-edge, cautionary themes Garland explored in Ex Machina, Devs is described as a tech thriller set in San Francisco. The series focuses on Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), a computer engineer whose boyfriend (Jin Ha) is murdered. In the aftermath, she digs deeper into Amaya, her cutting-edge tech company employer, and its secretive development division for answers.
We'll keep our hawk-eyes out to see if Amaya is located anywhere near search engine company Blue Book.
The series will also star Nick Offerman as Amaya’s CEO; Zach Grenier as Amaya’s head of security; Alison Pill as Amaya’s second-in-command; and Cailee Spaeny and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Amaya secret development employees.
Garland's breakout critical hit Ex Machina, which grappled with questions of humanity and artificial intelligence, already proved the filmmaker's bona fides with the near-future sci-fi genre. His follow-up, the visually stunning thriller Extinction, then solidified his place as one of the buzziest up-and-comers in the genre. Seeing what he can do with a longer-form story should be interesting.
Devs marks Garland’s first serious foray into television outside of a single episode of Batman: Black and White he wrote in 2009. He will also executive-produce the series with Eli Bush and Scott Rudin, his partners on Annihilation and the Academy Award-winning Ex Machina. DNA TV’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich will also executive-produce, and FX Productions will produce the series.