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The film Annihilation – directed by Alex Garland – is set to appear in theaters by February 23rd. It will follow the tale of an ill-fated expedition into an environmental disaster zone following the return of only a single soldier out of an entire group. This film will be based on the book Annihilation from the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Despite the fact that the film hasn’t yet debuted, Alex Garland has already set some new plans in motion for an eight-episode sci-fi stint on FX. It will be the third major project that Alex Garland has worked on. Though the show has not yet been named – and no storyline or plot has been released – Garland likens it to his first film rather than Annihilation.
The upcoming series is meant to show what might happen in the near-future modern world, taking a more realistic viewpoint that is based on “inferences and conclusions” about our current situation. It is not surprising that Garland has elected to go to television as he has been treated rather poorly by production companies lately.
Example - Paramount - Annihilation - Netflix - Region
For example, Paramount has sent Annihilation to Netflix in almost every major region excepting the United States. Plus, they have been selling a premise through advertisements for the film that really has nothing to do with what it is about. Despite the trailers depicting a thriller, the early screenings of Annihilation have resulted in markedly different descriptions – calling it “mind-bending” and “serious”.
So, when Alex Garland moves into the realm of television he is likely pursuing a little more creative freedom. After all, a television director has a lot of say in the final product – much more so than a major film...
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