Den of Geek has just published a very curious and sad article on Alex Garland’s next movie release details ”Why Annihilation Going Straight To Netflix Matters”. It’s well worth reading…
”…it turns out that Alex Garland’s movie Annihilation won’t be found in cinemas in the UK. Garland’s adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s book instead is going straight to Netflix outside of the US, Canada and China, courtesy of a new deal Paramount Pictures has struck with the streaming giant.”
”Sending movies like ”Annihilation” straight to VOD denies us the chance of seeing them as their makers wanted us to see them – in the dark, projected on a huge screen, our phones in our pockets and our attention fully invested.”
Premise… Alex Garland is The Boss. He directed ”Ex Machina” (I suppose no explanation is needed here or maybe you’ve finished on a wrong blog?), he wrote ”28 Days Later”, ”Dredd” (the good one, not the Stallonian one)…
Did you know that ”stallone” in Italian means ”stallion”- an uncastrated adult male horse?
…”Sunshine” and ”Never Let Me Go” (which I liked less, but still it was a very original project). Garland also wrote the cult novel ”The Beach” which I haven’t read but plan to do so.
Now it was revealed that his next film won’t get a cinema release everywhere. I can read your mind now… ”WHAAAAT?”
But I know why people don’t want to see movies like ”Blade Runner 2049” or ”Annihilation” anymore. It’s a viscious circle, it’s a serpent biting its own tail. This is exactly what happens when people got addicted to
shopping mindless blockbusters, endless sequels, soulless reboots and bright superheroes.
I’m quite disappointed. I must admit I rarely go to see something on the big screen as in my mind not so many new movies deserve it + I often have strange working schedules + I’d have to spend too much money on it, but that is not the point. I’ve always considered that seeing a movie in cinema is a special, magic experience. There so many shitty releases during the year, so many bad movies and they’re still released. But ”Annihilation”? Cannot believe it.
What do you think of all this?
”Annihilation” is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy – the books ”Annihilation”, ”Authority” and ”Acceptance”. The film will be… ehm… ”released” on 23.02.2018.