Annihilation is an upcoming science-fiction horror film written and directed by Alex Garland. Garland had his first novel, The Beach, published in 1996 and helmed the critically successful Ex Machina in 2015. This time around he’s adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name, working with a talented cast which includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac.
The film revolves around Lena, (played by Portman), a biologist who volunteers for the second expedition into an environmental disaster zone after her husband is the sole survivor of the first mission.
The film’s initial poster has just been released and seems to show the barrier between the zone and the lead characters, providing a glimpse into the visual style of the film. Ex Machina was a visual feast, so there’s every chance that Annihilation will follow in the same vein.
Unfortunately, one slight subtraction from our optimism for Annihilation’s release is that it could be a straight to Netflix film in Europe. In America and Canada it will get a cinematic release, but last month Den of Geek reported that Paramount had struck a deal with the streaming service to allow them to distribute the film in the United Kingdom. This development has no bearing on the movie’s overall quality, but it will be a shame if such an aesthetically interesting film isn’t shown in cinemas.
Annihilation’s US release date is currently scheduled for February 23rd 2018, with a worldwide release expected in March 2018.