I haven’t gotten around to seeing Annihiliation yet – some didn’t like it, but I think the critical consensus was that it’s one of the best sci-fi films to come out in recent years. It’s based on the first in a trilogy of popular books, so one might expect sequels – but one person isn’t interested in continuing the story, and that’s writer/director Alex Garland according to a recent interview with ‘IndieWire’:
“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.”
Good for him. In fact some are saying that sequels aren’t on the cards anyway because the cinema release [in the USA, Canada and China] was so limited, partly due to Paramount getting the hump over wanting changes to the film that producer Scott Rudin [who had final cut] refused to make. The Netflix release elsewhere garnered a great deal of interest though, and there’s recently been a Region ‘A’ Blu-ray/DVD release, so you never know….