The first image has arrived from 28 Days Later and Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina. The psychological thriller revolves around a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson star, and based on this first image it appears that Isaac is playing the inventor. The actor previously told us that the pic is a “provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller” and described it as “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” It’s certainly a fascinating premise, and Garland’s track record as a screenwriter (which also includes Never Let Me Go and Dredd) is great so I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair.
Hit the jump to check out the first Ex Machina image. The film also stars Alicia Vikander and does not currently have a release date, but this Ex Machina image debut may be a sign that it could pop up on the 2014 Cannes Film Festival schedule that goes up soon.
Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of the year, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis. The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships. Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Oscar Isaac. He talked about what it was like working for the Coen Brothers, how he felt landing the role, what it was like performing the songs and how much changed along the way, and more. In addition, Isaac talked about working with Alex Garland on Ex Machina and William Monahan on Mojave. Hit the jump to watch.
Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is in talks to star in Ex Machina, the upcoming directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later). The story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. Oscar Isaac (Drive) is set to play the billionaire and Vikander’s Anna Karenina co-star Domhnall Gleeson will play the employee. Of course, this leaves Vikander with the role of artificially-intelligent female robot, as The Wrap reports. Filming is set to begin later this year.
Rising stars Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) are set to lead Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later). As we reported last week, the story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. At this point, I assume the theme from Weird Science kicks in. According to The Wrap, Isaac would play the billionaire and Gleeson would play the employee.
Hit the jump for more. Filming is set to begin this summer or fall.
Screenwriter Alex Garland is poised to make his directorial debut with an indie robot thriller. THR reports that the writer behind 28 Days Later…, Never Let Me Go, and last year’s Dredd will direct Ex Machina for DNA Films and producers Scott Rudin (The Social Network) and Eli Bush (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Garland penned the script for the pic, which tells the story of a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. The indie is budgeted at around $15 million and producers are hoping to begin production this summer or fall.
Garland’s other credits include Danny Boyle’s The Beach and Sunshine, as well as a draft of the script for the developing Logan’s Run remake and the scrapped Halo movie. This marks a major step up for the screenwriter, and I’m incredibly intrigued by anything described as an “indie robot thriller” so I look forward to seeing what Garland puts together. If you missed Steve’s extended interview with Garland last fall, check it out right here.
Brian K. Vaughan, one of the best comic/TV/movie writers out there, is shopping around a script for a post-apocalyptic film called The Vault, which involves a real-world Doomsday vault located in Norway. Reported by Production Weekly’s Twitter, /Film provides more details:
“A post-apocalyptic heist movie involving the real-world Doomsday Vault in the Arctic, The Vault is Ocean’s 11 meets 2012/Children of Men. When a terrifying plague destroys crops and causes starvation on a global scale, the world’s greatest thief must break into the extremist-controlled Doomsday Vault to steal the one seed that could prevent the extinction of the human race.”
Vaughan’s previous work includes the comic series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina. He was also a writer for Lost. Hit the jump to read how Vaughan made me a fan of comic books and learn about an unproduced screenplay he has that needs to be produced now.