Alex Garland developing new eight-part TV series

Alex Garland has made his name as one of science fiction’s brightest modern voices.

He got his start with the novel The Beach, which was adapted into the Leonard DiCaprio feature of the same name. He then moved into film, writing movies such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go – not to mention his brilliant directorial debut Ex Machina.

Now with his next directorial effort Annihilation coming soon to theaters in the US, and going straight to Netflix in the UK, Garland has cast his eye to another medium needing his science fiction expertise. Garland cut a deal back in 2017 to produce a sci-fi TV show for FX. In an interview with Fandango, Garland teased some more details of what his TV debut will look like. 

“The next project, provided it happens -hopefully we’re gonna shoot it later this year – [and it’s] an eight-part television series for FX,” he said. “It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology based sci-fi whereas Annihilation is a more hallucinogenic form of sci-fi and more fantastical form of sci-fi. This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now — not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now — and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.”

Sounds intriguing. FX has had good success with the eight-episode first season format as of late. Marvel sci-fi-adjacent series Legion had a well-received eight-episode first season on FX before expanding to 10 in its soon-to-debut second.

Garland added that like other eight-episode series auteur Nic Pizzolatto, he plans on directing all eight episodes. Our sci-fi writing boy has come a long way since The Beach.

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