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Director Alex Garland Steps Back from Directing to Concentrate on Screenwriting


Key Takeaways:
– Renowned director Alex Garland confirms his retirement from directing, with the film “” likely to be his last.
– Garland, however, plans to continue with screenwriting, the area where he began his career.
– The decision is not due to a lack of financial resources but stems from his desire to build more trust with his teams.
– “ War,” Garland's latest film, is projected to have a successful domestic release according to Deadline.
– This isn't the first time Garland has openly spoken about retiring from directing; he expressed similar intentions in 2022.

Renowned director and Alex Garland has again vocalized his intention to retire from directing and shift his focus solely onto screenwriting. This news is corroborated by a recent with The Guardian, where he reestablished his stance that was first stated in 2022.

Garland's Directed Journey Concludes

The esteemed Alex Garland, recognized for directing masterpieces like “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation,” confirmed that he doesn't see himself at the helm of movie direction in the foreseeable future. His movie, “Civil War,” might mark his retirement as a director. Garland initially began his career as a screenwriter, creating renowned for , such as “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” and “Never Let Me Go” directed by Mark Romanek.

The Decision, not Financial but Trust-centric

Garland stressed that his decision was not due to lacking funds for his projects. Instead, he pointed towards the trust factor, noting, “you're asking to trust something that, on the surface, doesn't look very trustworthy.” He also admitted feeling a huge responsibility towards his cast and crew, which frequently keeps him up at night.

Returning to his Screenwriting Roots

In the light of above, Garland is now committed to shift his focus back to screenwriting only. This change in direction seems to be not impacting the success of his projects, or at least not his latest production. His upcoming film “Civil War,” made on a budget of $50 million, is projected to have a domestic opening weekend gross between $18 million and $24 million according to Deadline.

A Recurring Thought Process

This was not the first instance where Garland expressed his intentions to quit directing. In a 2022 conversation with the New York Times, the filmmaker previously divulged his contemplation of retiring from directing post the completion of “Civil War,” his current . He commented candidly, “I'm not really a film director, I'm a writer who directs out of convenience.”

Furthermore, Garland confessed his fatigue of feeling like a fraud and emphasized his numerous reasons to feel so. He hinted at his desire to stop directing after “Civil War” and return to writing solely, addressing his less suited temperament for directing and lack of pleasure therein. “It's something I have to force myself to do,” Garland stated.

Exciting Times Ahead with “Civil War”

Despite his decision to step back from directing, “Civil War” offers an exciting opportunity for audiences to see Garland's work one last time in the director's chair. Starring , Wagner Moura, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Cailee Spaeny, this “contemporary war movie” is set to hit theaters on April 12. Make sure to catch this last directorial venture of Alex Garland and appreciate the versatility he brought to the film landscape.

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