Anyone who’s been following the career trajectory of writer/director Alex Garland over the years likely isn’t all too surprised by the success he’s been finding as of late. The 45-year old Brit first appeared on the scene as author of the backpacker thriller The Beach, which was later adapted into a film by Danny Boyle and starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
Since that time, Garland has moved from writing novels to screenplays – having taken on scripting duties for Boyle’s 2002 zombie hit 28 Days Later, among others. He later went on to complete his directorial debut with last year’s Ex Machina, a critically lauded sci-fi hit that landed an Oscar for best visual effects and gave Garland his first nomination for best original screenplay.
Just as Garland’s star is on the rise, so is actor Oscar Isaac’s. Probably best known as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, his growing range of experience includes a role in not only Ex Machina, but also a starring turn in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, and a memorable appearance in Nicolas Winding Refin’s 2011 film Drive. Now, as Garland readies for production of his next film, Annihilation, The Tracking Board has revealed that Isaac will once again be teaming up with Garland for the sci-fi thriller.
This time however, Garland won’t be working from an original script. Annihilation will be an adaptation of sci-fi author Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name. The story focuses on a biologist who, in a bid to discover the truth behind the disappearance of her husband, volunteers for a mysterious journey into an area sealed off as an environmental disaster. Alone in the wilderness, the biologist soon discovers that something dark and inexplicable is there with her. In addition to Isaac, Annihilation will also star Natalie Portman (Jane Got A Gun), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Tessa Thompson (Creed), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin). The film is just the tip of the iceberg for Isaac, whose upcoming roles include X-Men Apocalypse, period drama The Promise, and of course, Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Given that Annihilation comes from three novels commonly known as the ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy, it’s unclear as to whether or not Garland’s adaptation could be the first in a potential franchise. With his award cred behind him and past success as a writer, it’s obvious that he knows how to craft quality projects. This, paired with his impressive debut skills as a director and a solid cast for Annihilation, could very well bring about another hit. If that does lead to more ‘Southern Reach’ films, Oscar Isaac could be looking at involvement in yet another franchise (provided of course, that his character makes it through Annihilation alive).
Whatever direction Annihilation ends up going in, it does seem that talent attracts talent. As far as Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland are concerned, we could be on the verge of seeing the emergence of a new and very exciting creative relationship.
Screen Rant will keep you up to date on future news regarding Annihilation.
Source: The Tracking Board