The new poster for Annihilation teases what's in store for Natalie Portman and her team in the upcoming sci-fi adaptation. After the overwhelming success of Ex Machina, director Alex Garland's next project was already a topic of immense interest. When it was announced he'd be adapting the first part of the Southern Reach Trilogy, sci-fi audiences knew they were in for something special. Whether Annihilation will be a trilogy of films or not will depend on the success of the first film, but the potential for a surreal science-fiction franchise is certainly there.
Last month, we saw the second trailer for Annihilation starring Natalie Portman as she and her team investigate the mysterious Area X. Within it, both flora and fauna never before seen run rampant, alongside kaleidoscopic colors shimmering in the air. But beneath the otherworldly beauty of it all, the protagonist soon finds something sinister lurking in the bubble of activity. Mixing sci-fi and thriller elements with some impressive visuals, the film has the potential to be an even bigger hit than Ex Machina. And as the latest piece of promotion for the film suggest, the movie should appeal to horror films as well.
IMDb has unveiled the new poster for Annihilation putting Natalie Portman front and center as she enters into the beautiful and enigmatic world that her husband (Oscar Isaac) returned from with a bevy of bizarre maladies. And though the biologist will certainly be intrigued by what she finds within, the poster warns of awaiting danger.
Obscured behind Portman are Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny as the rest of the team investigating the phenomenon. The first book in the series was a big hit, and that fan base will likely come over to the film given how faithful the adaptation looks. And with an all-star cast of established names and up-and-comers, Annihilation may prove to be this year's prestige sci-fi hit. In fact, the film is one of Screen Rant's most anticipated 2018 films.
In a little over a month, the film will hit theaters and the promotional campaign is likely to start ramping up with more images and TV spots. Outside of the US, Canada, and China, meanwhile, the film will be distributed by Netflix—something the director wasn't pleased about. For Netflix subscribers around the world, they'll likely be happy to get the film, but fans of the book series who don't have Netflix are sure to be as disappointed as Garland that they won't have the chance to see Annihilation in theaters outside of a few key regions.
It's also unclear if the partial Netflix release will in any way impact the perceived success of the film. But if the numbers in theaters are strong and Netflix expresses interest in a follow-up, Paramount may well oblige and move forward with a sequel. Even if Annihilation doesn't do well in theaters, Netflix may pick up the remainder of the series. After all, Netflix ordered a sequel to Bright despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, so the Southern Reach Trilogy could easily find a home on the streaming giant if Annihilation fails to register at the box office next month.
- Annihilation (2018) release date: Feb 23, 2018