FX picks up Annihilation director Alex Garland's tech thriller Devs

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 14, 2018

He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for Ex Machina.

The pilot is written and directed by Alex Garland, and we'll publish more details as they become available.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has ordered a pilot for Devs, which Garland will write, direct and executive produce as his first televison project after signing an overall deal with FX Productions past year.

Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said, "Devs is a captivating series from Alex Garland, building on his track record of groundbreaking work that challenges our notion of humanity amid the seemingly boundless promise of technology". The series centers on Lily, a computer engineer who, following the disappearance of her boyfriend, begins looking into the "secretive development division" of the San Francisco-based tech company she works for.

After a career that's so far included novels, video games, and feature films, Ex Machina and Annihilation writer/director Alex Garland is making the leap to yet another medium: Television.

"We're gonna shoot it later this year - [and it's] an eight-part television series for FX".

This is slightly more in common with projects I've worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now - not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now - and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it. Marvel sci-fi-adjacent series Legion had a well-received eight-episode first season on FX before expanding to 10 in its soon to debut second. Scott Rudin, who produced both Annihilation and Ex Machina, will reunite with Garland for Devs, working as an executive producer alongside DNA TV. Indeed, our sci-fi writing boy has come a long way since The Beach.

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