“Annihilation” Director Talks Netflix Deal

If you live in the United States, Canada or China, then you’ll be lucky enough to see “Ex Machina” director and “Dredd” writer Alex Garland’s new film “Annihilation” in cinemas.

For the rest of us though, we’re stuck with the small screen as the film is going straight to Netflix seventeen days after its domestic debut. That deal was revealed last week to be due to a battle between producers and Paramount who are too scared to take a risk on it.

Speaking with Collider, Garland says he has mixed feelings about the news:

“Disappointment really. We made the film for cinema. I’ve got no problem with the small screen at all. The best genre piece I’ve seen in a long time was ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ so I think there’s incredible potential within that context, but if you’re doing that – you make it for that [medium] and you think of it in those terms.

Look… it is what it is. The film is getting a theatrical release in the States, which I’m really pleased about. One of the big pluses of Netflix is that it goes out to a lot of people and you don’t have that strange opening weekend thing where you’re wondering if anyone is going to turn up and then if they don’t, it vanishes from cinema screens in two weeks. So it’s got pluses and minuses, but from my point of view and the collective of the people who made it – [it was made] to be seen on a big screen.”

Based on Jeff Vandermeer’s best-selling sci-fi novel, the story follows a group of four female scientists who head into an environmental disaster zone to investigate its cause, and to find the missing husband of one of their number.

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac lead the cast of the film which opens in the U.S. on February 23rd.