Alex Garland Set to Direct His Own Indie Robot Project 'Ex Machina'
Whoa! Now this is great news. One of our favorite sci-fi writers, Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd), is making the leap into directing - a path many writers seem to be taking recently. THR is reporting that Garland will direct a script he wrote called Ex Machina, a sci-fi-ish drama that will be made later this year on a budget of around $15 million by DNA Films' Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. This is not the same as another project called Ex Machina in the works at Benderspink, about a superhero, as this one is about an "artificially intelligent female robot." Ohh yes, now you'll want to read on.
The moment I heard about this, I was very curious to find out what the heck Ex Machina, written & directed by Alex Garland, would be all about. The report states the story "centers on a billionaire programmer who handpicks a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention: an artificially intelligent female robot." Hmm, I see. The term "ex machina" is likely a play on the term deus ex machina, referring to the plot device, in connection with probably the name or a reference to the female robot. From this description, it sounds like a dark sci-fi sex thriller about what can go wrong when a machine designed to be in your control gets the best of you. Maybe? I could be totally off.
DNA Films is developing Garland's Ex Machina, along with powerhouse producer Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The THR report states they're "eyeing a summer or fall shoot for the film," so production is moving quick and we'll likely see this sometime in 2014. I'm already really into this, let's see what you've got Alex Garland.