Paramount Pictures announced tonight at CinemaCon that Annihilation has been pushed back to 2018.
Annihilation is a feature film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina).
Paramount just announced Annihilation pushed to 2018
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The environmental horror thriller follows the expedition of four women on a mission to map Area X, a section of land in the United States secretly quarantined for abnormal activity. The expedition itself is the twelfth expedition sent into Area X by the Southern Reach organization with previous expeditions ending in mass suicide, murder, and inexplicable events. The eleventh expedition died of cancer within weeks of their return after they came back as mere shadows of their former selves.
Those in attendance were also treated to footage from the upcoming picture. The Wrap has shared a brief description of the footage screened:
In the clip, screened Tuesday to movie theater operators and press at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Natalie Portman receives her husband back (Isaac) after he mysteriously disappeared for 12 months. However, he seems different and won’t tell her where he’s been or how he came home, and soon, an ambulance is called to save Isaac who is now spitting blood.
Next thing she knows, Portman’s character wakes up in an institution, and is told her husband is gone forever. She is enlisted to go on a voyage where the laws of nature don’t apply.
The film stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez. Here’s the book’s synopsis:
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers?they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding?but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.
Annihilation is slated to hit theaters sometime during 2018.