Still sitting high on many top films of the year list, Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” was stylish, trippy, mysterious and wondrous. It was also a quite distinctly standalone film, despite being loosely based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel that serves as the first of his Southern Reach trilogy.
In an interview with IndieWire during a discussion for the film’s Blu-ray release this week, Garland doubles down on his refusal to do a sequel, saying that he adapted the story with no intention of beginning a franchise:
“I’ve got no objection to someone else doing that, but I’m not interested in the idea of a sequel. I feel like we made this movie and this is the movie we made. When the thing is done, I am done with it. I instantly start moving on, so I don’t even have an opinion on an ‘Annihilation’ sequel.
All the way through I was clear with everyone, from the studio to the cast, I told everyone that I didn’t really see it as part of a franchise. My goal was to make this film and do the best job I can. I didn’t even conceptualize it as the start of a trilogy. Sequels are just not something I’m interested in doing. It’s like when you don’t like steak, you don’t make the decision not to eat steak, you just don’t eat steak. I just don’t do sequels.”
Garland is already moving on to his next project: FX’s sci-fi series “Devs” which Garland says is the opposite – a very precise and ‘rigorous’ thriller.