– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Before his directorial debut, Ex Machina, Alex Garland was making his mark on Hollywood as a writer for films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd. So even if you’ve never seen Ex Machina or the more recent Annihilation, you’ve likely at least had a glimpse of the work he’s brought to the big screen in some form or another.

However, it turns out that his directorial debut came a little bit earlier than even we knew. According to actor Karl Urban, Garland is the real helmer of the film, as he revealed in an interview with Joblo. Here’s what the actor had to say:

“A huge part of the success of DREDD is in fact due to Alex Garland and what a lot of people don’t realize is that Alex Garland actually directed that movie.

…I just hope when people think of Alex Garland’s filmography that DREDD is the first film that he made before Ex Machina. You think about it in those terms; it goes DREDD, EX MACHINA, ANNIHILATION.”

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Wow, that’s a huge reveal. Sure, we knew that Garland had to take the film from post-production to its release after credited director Pete Travis stepped down as director following his disagreements with the producers of the movie, but it’s interesting to hear that even during production, Garland has his hand in the movie.

As much as I’ve enjoyed Garland’s directorial work, personally, it does make me respect him a whole lot more that the guy behind those more thoughtful serious sci-fi movies is also behind one of the coolest action flicks of the early part of the decade.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.