Ex Machina is beloved for a reason: it's big idea sci-fi that's boiled down to an intimate, almost single location story. By all early accounts, Annihilation is the exact opposite - heady, trippy weirdness that confronts your own perception about what's even happening on screen and in your own reality.
With his new movie only two weeks away from release, writer/director Alex Garland isn't slowing down one bit, and is bringing his own brand of futuristic storytelling to a television near you. Speaking with Fandango, Garland revealed that he has a project being set up at FX that mixes a bunch of his previous fascinations together into something new:
“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.”
There are no concrete plot details as of yet, and the filmmaker warns that the deal isn't one hundred percent set in stone, but that the full eight-part series is written and he wants to direct the entire shebang later this year. Hopefully, the network puts the wheels on this thing in motion sooner rather than later, as any sort of new, original sci-fi from Garland is a welcome thing.
Annihilation hits theaters February 23rd.