(Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on February 12, 2018.)
In news that will leave you praying to Skynet for Oscar Isaac to bring his moves to television,
writer/director Alex Garland (Annihilation, Never Let Me Go, Ex Machina, Sunshine, 28 Days Later) recently revealed to Fandango he’s doing an eight part science fiction series for FX — home of favorites, Fargo and Legion.
The show is written, and discussing the difference between this project and Annihilation, Garland explains the series will have a flavor similar to a couple of his other films.
The next project, provided it happens — hopefully we’re gonna shoot it later this year — [and it’s] an eight-part television series for FX. It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology based sci fi whereas Annihilation is a more hallucinogenic form of sci fi and more fantastical form of sci fi.
This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now — not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now — and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.
It’s already written [and] my plan at the moment is to direct the eight episodes, but for practical reasons that might not be possible. That’s the way I’m thinking about it at the moment.”
Presumably, the Ex Machina mention means AI will be involved; as for Never Let Me Go, perhaps we could be in for a world where humans and AI are integrated, or humans are cloned and integrated? Whatever the premise, even just these small snippets of information are very exciting, and …
*Updated March 13, 2018
Via Deadline comes word Garland’s series pilot is called Devs, and is definitely a go. Additionally, this little description provides our first specific plot information about the female-led show:
…young computer engineer, Lily, investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.”
The pilot is written and directed by Alex Garland, and we’ll publish more details as they become available.
*Update October 9, 2019
If you were watching tonight’s American Horror Story: 1984 on FX, you may have caught — or just as likely weren’t paying attention to — the quick Devs teaser. Even more exciting is the bit of Fargoesque-related casting news; alongside Ex Machina and Annihilation collaborator, Sonoya Mizuno and Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim), and (… speaking of AHS) Alison Pill, perennial favorite Nick Offerman also stars in Garland’s upcoming miniseries as the head of a quantum computing company. As with all the information thus far, details are scarce [NYCC interview] — but at least we know Devs is finally headed our way. Here’s the mysterious peek:
Devs also stars Zach Grenier (Deadwood, Fight Club, The Good Wife), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Lady Bird, Lincoln), Karl Glusman, (The Neon Demon, Nocturnal Animals), Jin Ha (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), and Linnea Berthelsen (Stranger Things), and it’s set to premiere next spring.