There are few names in the science fiction community that garner as much respect as Alex Garland. He has written some of the finest genre films of the past 15 years, including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His crowning achievement, however, arrived in 2015 with his directorial debut, Ex Machina. This sci-fi masterpiece, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, will undoubtedly go down as one of the best science fiction films of all time. Where does one go from this massive string of successes? With his latest film Annihilation just hitting theaters, Garland has given us a few details about his next project.

Having already conquered the science fiction genre for the film industry, Garland will next be taking his talents to the small screen with a television series for FX. He has recently given us more information about the series, a technology story in the vein of Ex Machina titled Devs.

The new series is set to be a self-contained 8 episode season, but there will be themes within the show that may lead to a continuation or a spin-off. Garland hopes to begin filming in about 6 months, and he has already started the casting process and location scouting. When asked about the series earlier this month, Garland told Collider that:


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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…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.

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Garland has the unique ability to use genre film-making to talk about big issues that plague our society. Much like the Netflix series Black Mirror, he used Ex Machina to show both the beauty and dangerous nature of technology. His films make us question ourselves and our intentions when it comes to technological advancement. How far is far enough? When asked about the plot of the new series, Garland looks to continue asking those questions. He states that:

It’s about a particular aspect of technology at the moment which is to do with very, very big data and very powerful processing power, and what can happen when you put those two things together.

I, for one, cannot wait to watch mainstream audiences get a chance to take part in Garland’s particular brand of science fiction storytelling. His big-budget Annihilation has been receiving rave reviews, and this new television series looks to be yet another feather in an overflowing cap. Follow us here at Nightmare on Film Street as we review Annihilation and follow the development of his new show.

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