The latest film from Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland hasn’t had the smoothest road to release; a battle between producers resulted in a deal with Netflix, which will release Annihilation internationally 17 days after it hits theaters. And although early reactions to Garland’s adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s acclaimed sci-fi novel have been overwhelmingly positive, Annihilation has another potential problem on its hands.
Last year brought word that Ex Machina director Alex Garland would take his sci-fi talents to TV for a new FX series, though the director has since turned his gaze to Annihilation. Now, Garland provides a few hints of what to expect for the eight-part series, which itself may begin production later this year.
Earlier this week, Paramount raised eyebrows when it was revealed that the studio had cut a deal with Netflix for distribution rights to Annihilation — the new sci-fi film from Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland. The project, which stars Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, will debut on the streaming service 17 days after it hits theaters. The implication of such a deal is that Annihilation might not be very good, or at the very least, the studio doesn’t have much faith in it. But to anyone familiar with Garland’s work, that seems totally bananas.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited for Annihilation, the upcoming adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel. First off, it’s Alex Garland‘s latest project since Ex Machina. Second, the book is great, full of eerie, enchanting horrors...