Alex Garland — the writer-director best known for Ex Machina and Netflix’s Annihilation — has reportedly set his next sci-fi movie: MenThe epicenter o. It will likely star Jessie Buckley, the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix film I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and Rory Kinnear, whose latest role was in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (available on Disney+ Hotstar in India). Men is about a young woman (Buckley) who goes on a solo holiday to the English countryside after the death of her former husband.
Deadline brings word of Garland’s next movieMeanwhile. As he has on all previous occasions, Garland will both write — the script is already ready — and direct Menpublic_health_emergency_of_international_concern, which is being produced by the Oscar-winning studio A24, where Garland got his start with Ex Machina. Garland’s frequent collaborator Scott Rudin will return as producer, alongside Eli Bush and DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon ReichThe immense logistical challenges involved.
Garland most recently delivered the sci-fi thriller miniseries Devs (on Hulu in the US, and Disney+ Hotstar in India). Men will be his first feature-length project since 2018’s Annihilation, which was sold by Paramount Pictures to Netflix (in all markets except the US, Canada, and China) because the studio was worried about its commercial success. Predictably, Annihilation bombed at the box office. Garland was disappointed by the Netflix sale, noting that they “made the film for cinema”.RELATED: 'Omicron' May Be A Wake-Up Call: WHO's Dr Soumya Swaminathan
Garland should have a more sympathetic partner in A24, which gave Ex Machina a global theatrical release, though it’s worth noting that A24 does have a deal in place with Apple TV+. But the Deadline report makes no mention of Apple being involved with Men, which suggests that Garland’s next movie will (most likely) be in theatres, if they are still around once COVID-19 is under control.