Alex Garland's Next Project Is a Low-Budget Horror Film Set in the United Kingdom

From Garland’s horror classic, 28 Days Later.
From Garland’s horror classic, 28 Days Later.
Image: Fox Searchlight

Sound familiar?

As reported by Empire, Alex Garland is now working on another feature film. “I wrote a low-budget horror film, set in the UK,” he told the magazine. He plans to shoot it next year, if the world works out for him to do so. “I don’t know if it’s unrealistic or not. Always at this particular moment, a film always feels unrealistic, but then somehow it works out.”

This wasn’t Garland’s first idea for a Devs followup. In the early part of 2020, Garland was working on another TV show, this one about protests and contemporary dissent, which he was hoping to shoot with some of his cast from Devs. But it didn’t quite work out, and not for the obvious reason.

“At some point with civil disobedience, you have to start smashing stuff up. So I was writing about the need to smash stuff up,” he told Empire. But, in the course of 2020, with the protests and unrest following the murder of George Floyd, stuff, indeed, got smashed up. So he found that he had little left to critique—that reality was doing the thing his writing would have encouraged it to do already.

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“I thought, ‘So now what I’m writing is pointless.’ In a good way. I almost felt glad, weirdly,” Garland said.

It sounds like it was for the best that it didn’t work out. And now horror beckons Garland, and he returns to it happily. 


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¿Donde está la biblioteca?

Well, I for one cannot wait for the inevitable American big-budget remake with poorly plotted plot twists and laughable concept with the justification that “there are always more stories to be told in this universe!” and some fanwanky crap about “mythos” and “mythology” (sweetie, unless you’re creating a religion out of a show, don’t be a wanker and don’t call it anything that could link it to Greek/Roman/Vedic/Christian mythology.)