EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood loves taking existing book series and turning them into film series of equal or greater length. Such has been the case with the Middle-Earth franchise, the Hunger Games books, the Harry Potter books, and countless others. When a book series gets picked up, it’s generally likely that the story will continue if that first film is successful.
But is this the case with Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, which has just been adapted into the Alex Garland-directed film, Annihilation? Given how much creative freedom Garland has enjoyed, does it leave the story open to continue?
Speaking with our own Gig Patta, VanderMeer himself discussed that possibility, and thinks that the story could still continue.
“It’s weird. I could see it somehow some readers could see it that way that there will be too much closure with the movie. I’m glad there’s closure in the movie and not wondering on what’s going on. [Laughs] But actually I think that the second book pivots rather radically they could do a continuation if they wanted. Of course, there will be acts of translation. I don’t see it as out of the question.”
All in all, I get the impression that Garland told the story he wanted to tell, and closed it off accordingly. However, it still seems well within the realms of reason that, if the studio wanted, they could continue telling the story, be it with Garland or another filmmaker altogether.
Does it disappoint you that the studio doesn’t seem to be planning to continue on with the franchise at this point? Let us know your thoughts down below!
And be sure to keep an eye out for our full interview with Jeff VanderMeer!