Alex Garland announces retirement from filmmaking after contentious ‘Civil War’ release


Alex Garland

Alex Garland | Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett

in an interview with Guardian, director Alex Garland dropped a bomb about his future in filmmaking. After discussing his latest project, civil warGarland announced that he intended to step away from directing for the foreseeable future.

“I don't plan on directing again in the near future… I really love film, but filmmaking doesn't exist in a vacuum. It also exists in life and in the broader context”, Garland explained.

civil orR, which is to be released by A24, has sparked significant controversy since its premiere at SXSW 2024. The film imagines a fractured United States embroiled in a second civil war, igniting both praise and criticism for its politically neutral stance.

previously known for his work ex machina And Destruction, Garland expressed doubts about returning to the director's chair. Despite his love of the film, he cited concerns about the pressures of filmmaking, particularly managing actors and crew members.

While Garland plans to remain active as a screenwriter, he stressed his reluctance to tackle the challenges of directing. He noted his dissatisfaction with industry norms, including the handling of intimate scenes and excessive reliance on visual effects.

He said, “Alicia (Vikander) and Sonoya (Mizuno) are trusting that nudity will be handled thoughtfully and respectfully… cinema tends not to do that.”

Interestingly, Garland is already in talks to co-direct the upcoming film war – His second collaboration with Ray Mendoza, who served as military supervisor for Garland's latest, civil war,

As civil war Set for its theatrical release on April 12, audiences can watch the culmination of Garland's directing career, at least for a short while.

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