Alex Garland, a hell of a writer behind terrific contemporary genre and sci-fi films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, recently made his feature debut with Ex Machina, which introduced a hell of a director as well. The thoughtful, sleek and unsettling tale of A.I. has wowed many since spring release and anticipation is high for follow-up, Annihilation. Which, according to Garland, will be more in the vein of ferocious films like 28 Days and Dredd.
Speaking to Movies.com, Garland explains Annihilation is “in the sort of darker, stranger, propulsive space. It’s more like Dredd and 28 Days Later. Never Let Me Go and Ex Machina basically are reflective, quiet, talky movies, and this has some of the same sort of propulsion, I’d say, of 28 Days and some of the hallucinogenic aspects of Dredd, but they’re way more ramped up. Way, way more ramped up.”
Based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation is the future-set tale of an expedition, which seems to recall classical sci-fi horror of groups sent off into the unknown, besieged by madness and violence. Its Amazon synopsis reads:
Annihilation is expected to get underway in 2016. As of May, Natalie Portman was attached to star.