FX picks up Alex Garland tech thriller Devs for series


FX has picked up tech thriller Devs, a series from award-winning writer/director Alex Garland.

Alex Garland, the director behind thoughtful and disturbing sci-fi films like Ex Machina and Annihilation, has had his newest project picked up for a series on FX.

Devs is an eight-episode limited series about a young computer engineer who investigates the shady development division of the tech company she works for and believes is behind her boyfriend’s disappearance.

A pilot was originally ordered for the project but went straight to series based on the strength of the completed scripts.

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Knowing Garland’s work, we can likely expect the series to set a fairly slow pace, to build tension and unease in a slow burn fashion, leaving the viewer increasingly anxious.

The action often culminates with a series of disturbing events undertaken in a languorous, almost compulsive manner – as if the characters are unwilling participants in a dream.

In fact, many of his projects have the unnerving, ethereal quality of a disconcerting nightmare. I love Garland’s work and I cannot wait to see what he does with Devs, especially considering the series is being made for a network like FX.

FX is known for it’s offbeat and creative programming and I love that they’re an outlet for independent artists and experimental television.

Devs already has a solid cast in place, featuring Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jin Ha (Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Zach Grenier (Deadwood), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Ladybird), Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale), and Alison Pill (Snowpiercer).

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Mizuno plays the computer engineer, Ha plays her missing boyfriend, and Nick Offerman plays the obsessive and secretive CEO of the tech company Amaya. Grenier is head of security, and the rest round out the secretive employees who work for Amaya’s development division.

Garland will direct all eight episodes and the series is set to premiere on FX in 2019.

Source: Deadline