The Fine Art of Annihilation

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Alex Garland’s ‘Stalker’-Inspired Sci-Fi Drama ‘Annihilation’

From The Film Stage
Written by on July 7, 2016


“Following up his Oscar-winning Ex Machina, Alex Garland is returning to sci-fi for his next film, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s novel Annihilation. Starring Natalie Portman, Gina RodriguezTessa ThompsonJennifer Jason Leigh, and David Gyasi, the film features a group of women — an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist  — who embark on a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

With filming now nearly wrapping up, today we have collection of images from the cast and cinematographer Rob Hardy (who shot Ex Machina) that show off what looks to be the perfect location for those that have read the book. He also states that the “only film to appear in the research library” for Annihilation is none other than Andrei Tarkovsky‘s sci-fi classic Stalker. Being that it’s also “a metaphysical journey into an area where the laws of nature do not apply,” this is certainly a fitting comparison, judging by VanderMeer’s nature-focused, mind-bending journey into an unknown abyss.

See the images [here], along with some posts about inspirations behind the film’s look[.]”


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