Annihilation movie signs up Alex Garland

Alex Garland will adapt Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, starting with Annihilation

Alex Garland will adapt and direct Annihilation
Alex Garland will adapt and direct Annihilation

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is just around the corner, and the writer-director has signed up for another project that has us very excited indeed.

Variety reports that the man behind Dredd and Sunshine will adapt and direct the film of Annihilation, the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s superb post-apocalyptic Southern Reach trilogy, followed by Authority and Acceptance.

The first book is centrered on a biologist “seeking answers about her husband’s disappearance in an enivironmental disaster areas sealed off by the government for the last 30 years.” It’s a deeply creepy and atmospheric novel, with a Lovecraftian sense of towering dread. In short, it’s perfect for Garland. The last time he adapted a much-loved sci-fi novel, it was Never Let Me Go, and the results were absolutely superb.

Ex Machina is released 23 January in UK cinemas. You can buy Annihilation for £8.79 at Amazon.co.uk. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.