“I thought, ‘Reading this book is like a dream, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to adapt it like a dream. I’m not going to re-read the book. I’m going to adapt it from my memory of the book’…In some places, it will correlate very closely, and in other places it won’t. It’s a dream response to a dream book.” Annihilation writer and director Alex Garland on his adaptation process.
You can watch the rest of Alex Garland’s fascinating Talks at Google below. Here, he discusses how it diverges from the source material, his connection to his actors and why he chose Natalie Portman.