'Ex Machina' Director's Next Film 'Annihilation' Will Be 'Mind-Blowing'

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 8:05PM
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 8:05PM
'Ex Machina' Director's Next Film 'Annihilation' Will Be 'Mind-Blowing'
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In 2015, Ex Machina turned the sci-fi world on its head when it came out of nowhere to become one of the genre's most inventive films in years. The man behind the film, first-time director Alex Garland, isn't resting on his laurels, though.

The writer/director has been hard at work on his next science-fiction film, Annihilation, and all indications point to it being even more impressive than his debut. The movie, which is based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer, tells the story of an expedition of four women (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez) who are sent on an expedition into an anomalous area of the U.S. called "Area X" where the ordinary rules of nature do not seem to apply. They're the twelfth expedition sent in, with all the previous ones ending under dire and mysterious circumstances.

The film will predictably make some departures from Vandermeer's book, but according to the author, that's not a bad thing, as he seems quite impressed with what Garland has been able to create from his story. He recently told The Film Stage:

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"It's actually more surreal than the novel. There are a couple places where I was like, 'I might need an anchor here.' The ending is so mind-blowing and in some ways different from the book that it seems to be the kind of ending that, like 2001 or something like that, people will be talking about around the watercooler for years… Visually, it's amazing. I must say that and that's all I probably should say."
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That's ridiculously high praise. First off, comparing any sci-fi movie to 2001: A Space Odyssey is basically cultural suicide unless the film turns out to be a landmark cinematic achievement, but it really sounds like Vandermeer thinks it's going to be. A sci-fi movie that people will talk about and debate for years? If it matches up to Ex Machina, then that doesn't sound like hyperbole, it sounds like this is really going to be one hell of an inventive movie.

Vandermeer then went on to say something similar on Facebook:

More information on the film should come out soon, but in the meantime it sounds like something to get excited about. The cast is terrific (Oscar Isaac also stars), the base material is solid, and we have full confidence in Garland to really put together something special. 

No release date has been specified as of yet, but Annihilation is expected to hit theaters sometime next year, and when it does, you'd best be ready to have your mind blown.
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