This is a quick, non-riff-related, aside that I felt compelled to publish for some reason. A couple weeks ago a trailer for a movie entitled “Annihilation” was released. You can watch that below.
Now the reason for my rambling is that this movie (in title) is based off of the first book in Jeff VanderMeers Southern Reach trilogy. Out of all the sci-fi I’ve read recently, this series is damn near the bottom of the list when it came to film adaptations I thought would happen.
While some stuff I’ve read makes sense for the screen and has even ended up there already (see; The Expanse), Southern Reach and Annihilation in particular, is such a mindfuck that I thought there was no way in hell it would get made. The book is a creepy and unsettling combination of Lovecraftian horror and conspiracy. It generates questions page after page, half of which there will never be a concrete answer for. This is not a series where you get a nice, rational end result. It’s a series with many things left to interpretation and in some cases, unresolved mystery.
Shot as a lower-budget art flick? Sure, that could have worked. Hell, half the effects they tacked on in the trailer aren’t present in the book. I can only really see this going two ways; either it (somehow) nails the source material and tanks financially or it manages to bastardize the original work so much it sells to the general public.
Either way I guess I’ll have to watch it and find out next year. If you’re into creepy and confusing reading, I highly recommended the entire Southern Reach series.