Last summer, Annihilation writer/director Alex Garland inked an overall deal with the FX network, and after the disappointing box office showing for his latest sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Portman, maybe now’s a good time to mine the gold that television is offering?
FX has put in a pilot order for Garland’s next project, a Silicon Valley drama called DEVS, about a young computer engineer named lily who is investigating the development division of the San Francisco tech company where she works, believing it to be responsible for her boyfriend’s disappearance.
Garland will write, direct and exec. produce the pilot with his Annihilation and Ex Machina producer Scott Rudin exec. producing with DNA TV, as the first project to come out of his first look deal with FX Productions.
FX original programming president Eric Schrier made a statement about the project: “Devs is a captivating series from Alex Garland, building on his track record of groundbreaking work that challenges our notion of humanity amid the seemingly boundless promise of technology. We’re all the more thrilled that Alex will direct and executive produce with our partners at DNA TV and Scott Rudin Productions.”
Repped by WME and Bloom Hergott, Garland is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, who also earned a DGA award for first-time director and three BAFTA nominations, all for Ex Machina in 2014. Besides the two films Garland directed, he also wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine for Danny Boyle, as well as the novel The Beach, which Boyle adapted into the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
This is FX’s first pilot order for a show that could possibly join its current drama line-up that includes Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Feud, Legion, the upcoming sixth and final season of The Americans and a few others.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor