“Annihilation” director teases new FX series

Alex Garland. Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (5583168o)

Watch out sci-fi genre fans, director Alex Garland is upping his game.

Garland, whose directorial debut Ex Machina was nominated in 2016 for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, has now teased that he is hoping to make an eight-episode FX series his next project.

Back in July, Variety reported that Garland has signed an overall television production deal with FX Productions. This means that he will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for FX Productions.

“We are thrilled that he is bringing his talents as a writer and director to television through FX Productions,” Eric Schrier of FX Networks and FX Productions said in a statement in July.

Now Garland reveals what this first joint endeavor might look like.

“The next project, provided it happens — hopefully we’re gonna shoot it later this year — [is] an eight-part television series for FX,” he told Fandango in an interview. “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.” The project will have “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,” he added.

With no other information on the upcoming series as of yet, Garland did say “it is already written,” but “for practical reasons” he might not direct all 8 episodes.