People We Admire – Alex Garland

With the exception of 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, Alex Garland is pretty much the secondary reason why Danny Boyle’s filmography for the past decade kicked so much ass. The Beach, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later (Boyle directed the opening cabin sequence), ¬†and the unbelievably underrated Sunshine are all products spilled from this Brit’s noggin. Oh and by the way, he also wrote the script to the Halo movie that was reviewed many times as being complete awesome sauce (and was supposed to be directed by helmer of District 9, Neill Blomkamp) before the suits at Fox started hiring terrible writers to defile it over and over again until it ended up sucking royally, but never mind about that! Read on to find out why Mr. Garland just truck-sticks everyone!

Alex Garland started his writing career as a novelist. His books were known to be a bit eerie but brilliant in their progressions and engrossing details that were applied to the rising action, in particular. After publishing a few collections of short stories, Garland published The Beach in 1996 which became an instant cult classic amongst book enthusiasts. A few years later, screenwriter John Hodge wrote a film adaptation of his book for director Danny Boyle. Boyle asked Garland’s assistance with the production to properly present the potent themes from the book to the film’s audience. The two formed a friendship from this encounter which then became a creative team when Alex pitched an idea for a zombie movie to Danny about a man who wakes up from a coma and the world is engulfed in a zombie apocalypse. Flash forward to 2003 and the world receives one of the scariest movies of all time – 28 Days Later.

With the success of their zombie creation, Garland once again pitched a film idea to Danny Boyle. Boyle was somewhat hesitant at first but then Alex mentioned that it was a mind-bending sci-fi thriller about astronauts taking a trip to our dying sun to save it, and our solar system. This caught Boyle’s attention and they returned to the set (also with Cillian Murphy from 28 Days) and thus 2007’s Sunshine was released. If you have not seen this movie, then seeing this movie should become the priority of your life.

Most recently, Mr. Garland has written a script based on a book by Kazuo Ishiguro for Mark Romanek’s new film starring Keira Knightly called Never Let Me Go, which is about a young British woman who has some dark secrets about her past. It seems cliche but nothing is as it seems with this guy. Also, being a gigantic video game nerd as well as a famed writer, Alex is serving as a co-writer for Ninja Theory’s new game called Enslaved for the XBOX 360 and PS3.


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