Season 2018 seems to have a better start than ever with the latest fiction from director Alex Garland, “Annihilation.”
One of the most anticipated films of the year is Annihilation, the latest project from Ex-Machina’s director and writer Alex Garland. In Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays Lena, a member of the exploration team that explores an area rumored to have been dominated by a mysterious force. “She caught a very bizarre, very surreal, and decided to go deeper into that world, as well as immersed in that state,” Alex Garland said. The cast also features Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson, while Oscar Isaac will play Lena’s husband.
Annihilation is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel. Annihilation is the beginning of the trilogy of Southern Reach, with the second and third sequels entitled Authority and Acceptance. “I was in the process of completing Ex-Machina, one of the film’s producers, Scott Rudin, called me and said, ‘I have this book, I think it’s interesting, I read it. Look, ‘”Garland said. “I do not read books, watch movies or do anything without good reason. With Annihilation, I read a breath nonstop. I feel the atmosphere in the story is extremely heavy and I also like the sense of dreaming that the story brings. Annihilation is full of things that I find very interesting. I immediately thought, ‘Yes, this is the project for me.’ ”
Many predictions that Annihilation is promising to be one of the most exotic fiction films in recent years, mainly because of the content nature of the original work. Earlier this year, VanderMeer compared Annihilation with 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey, in particular the surrealist level as well as the weirdness in the lead. “The ending is really staggering,” he said, “it’s somewhat like the ending in ‘2001’, for example, meaning it’s going to make people laugh over it for years.”
Although the original work was part of a trilogy of novels, Garland said Annihilation would be a completely separate film. “I used to work on the Dredd movie project, and I think it’s the beginning of the trilogy,” Garland said. “But that’s not what I like to do. I’d rather make a film with a separate storyline, beginning and ending, instead of the story being interrupted in the middle. I think the way to do this is to take it seriously. We immediately feel that the film only wants to make money for the audience, and so the film story is somewhat affected. So, from the beginning, I did not think that Annihilation was part of the movie trilogy; I think of it as a separate, isolating title. If other people want to do more movies, that’s fine. Not my thing. Just from my perspective, Annihilation is a separate film. ”