Annihilation Director Alex Garland Isn't Interested in Making a Sequel


Alex Garland's Annihilation may have been a critical hit, but the director has no desire to follow it with a sequel.

An adaptation of the first novel in author Jeff VanderMeer's "Southern Reach Trilogy," the sci-fi thriller debut in February to acclaim. However, Garland made it clear during production that he was only interested in the one film.

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"I've got no objection to someone else doing that, but I'm not interested in the idea of a sequel," he told IndieWire"I feel like we made this movie and this is the movie that we made."

While the film didn't exactly a commercial hit, fans and critics were enamored with its visuals and direction, despite its departures from the source material. It's widely considered among the best films of the year to date, and has an 87 percent "Certified Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Garland, who received an Academy Award nomination for Annihilation's screenplay, made his directorial debut with Ex Machina. The author of the 1996 novel The Beach, he also penned the screenplays of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. Although he was an executive producer of 28 Weeks Later, he didn't write or direct that sequel.

"When the thing is done, I'm done with it," Garland said. "I instantly start moving on, so I don't even have an opinion on an Annihilation sequel."

For now, we'll just have to settle for debating about Annihilation's ending.

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