Annihilation behind the scenes

Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina follow-up Annihilation, adapted from the first book in Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach Trilogy, looks incredible. But behind-the-scenes, one of the film’s producers has been concerned that Garland’s adaptation might be too intelligent for average moviegoers to grasp some of the film’s weirder, more complicated elements. The Annihilation behind-the-scenes issues have resulted in an unprecedented deal with Netflix.

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annihilation set photos

Ex Machina director Alex Garland is close to releasing his next film, Annihilation, a highly-anticipated (especially by me) adaptation of the first book of The Southern Reach Trilogy. With a killer cast that includes Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac and the promise of something strange and beautiful, this could be the next surreal sci-fi classic that has everybody talking. Save for a few set photos, there’s been very little released from Garland’s new film, but now we have our first real look via an official image. See the Annihilation first look below.

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annihilation set photos

Some of the best news to come out of this year’s CinemaCon is that Alex Garland‘s new science fiction movie Annihilation looks excellent. However, it was accompanied by some bad news: the adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s novel has been delayed to an unspecified date in 2018. Still, the next film from the director of Ex Machina will surely be worth the wait, especially since VanderMeer himself has seen a cut of the movie and has some very nice (and very intriguing) things to say about it.

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Annihilation movie

The novel Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, is really terrific. It’s good enough that you should just stop reading this now, go read Annihilation (it’s short, only 125 pages or so) then come back. Because I’m a realist I’ll assume you didn’t do that, but to avoid spoilers about the novel I’ll just say this: Annihilation is kind of sci-fi and almost horror — it’s like Tarkovsky’s Stalker crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. It is unusual and unsettling, and all the major characters are women.

Alex Garland just did some great work with Ex Machina, and he is set to write and direct an Annihilation movie. Now he has Natalie Portman in talks to play the lead role. That is excellent news. Read More »