Following a prolonged period of working within the science-fiction genre, Alex Garland is heading in a different direction for his next planned film.

Writer and director Alex Garland, has been chatting to Empire about his next project. The helmer of Annihilation and Ex Machina has been broadly been interested in directing science fiction films for the last few years, having made the two movies mentioned along with DEVS, the fascinating near-future A.I. mini-series. Garland has also written the screenplay for the long-gestating Halo adaptation of the popular sci-fi shoot ‘em up game.

However, it looks like Garland might be heading back to his roots for his next project.

The filmmaker has told Empire that his next film will be a low-budget horror movie, set in the UK.

This of course echoes Garland’s first fully-fledged movie project, 28 Days Later, a low-budget horror movie set in the UK, for which he wrote the screenplay. The director didn’t give away much about his plans but did say this: “I wrote a low-budget horror movie, set in the UK. 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”.

The director revealed that the project is currently in the works as he’s trying to work out financing and he is hoping to begin production by summer at the latest, depending on cast availability.

Garland also revealed that he was writing a TV series about civil disobedience, but he shelved it after the emergence of the Black Lives Matter protests, saying: “I thought, ‘So now what I’m writing is pointless.’ In a good way. I almost felt glad, weirdly.”

When we hear more details of Garland’s next film, you can be sure we’ll let you know.

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