Alex Garland is a novelist, screenwriter, director, and producer from England. He is well-known for writing ‘The Beach,’ a novel inspired by his travels throughout Europe and the Philippines. He is also well-known for composing the screenplays for the films “28 Days Later,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Sunshine,” and “Dredd.” As a director, he is best known for ‘Ex Machina,’ a science fiction thriller that won him three BIFAs for Best Screenplay, Best British Independent Film, and Best Director. He was also nominated for an Academy Award, among other honors. Garland also acts as a video game writer. The popular Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game ‘Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’ demonstrates his impeccable writing abilities. He earned his degree from the University of Manchester. His favorite subject to write about is Manila, where he spent his adolescence. Since 2016, Garland has been a part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is married to actress Paloma Baeza and the doting father of two children. He lives with his family in England, United Kingdom.
Alex Garland’s Career
The Beach, Alex Garland’s debut novel, was published in 1996. This novel is based on the author’s travels throughout Europe and the Philippines. Later, it was adapted into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1998, Garland published his second novel, The Tesseract. This book examines concepts such as affection and violence in unusual circumstances.
He wrote the screenplay for the 2002 horror film ’28 Days Later. The film’s success garnered him international recognition. Three years later, he penned the screenplay for an adaptation of the Halo video game franchise, but the film was ultimately canceled. Then, Garland penned the screenplay for the American science fiction thriller Sunshine. Soon thereafter, he served as an executive producer for the ’28 Days Later’ sequel ’28 Weeks Later.
He penned the screenplay for the 2010 romantic drama film Never Let Me Go. The film was based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name. It received favorable evaluations from the media. The adaptation of a 2000 comic book series, ‘Dredd’ was written by him; the film was published in 2012. Garland contributed to the writing of the video game ‘Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’.
In 2013, he was the narrative supervisor for the video game ‘DmC: ‘Devil May Cry’. Two years later, he directed his first feature film, ‘Ex Machina,’ which was based on his own story and screenplay. The film was a significant commercial success, grossing $37 million at the box office on a budget of $15 million. His second film, titled ‘Annihilation’, was released in February 2018; he wrote and directed it.
Alex’s Personal Life
Alexander Medawar Garland was born in London, England on May 26, 1970, to political cartoonist Nicholas Garland and psychologist Caroline. He is the grandson of Peter Medawar, the Nobel Prize-winning biologist. He attended the University of Manchester and obtained a degree in art history there. In terms of his romantic life, Garland is married to the British actress and director Paloma Baeza. Currently, the couple has two children.
Estimated Net Worth
Alex Garland has a net worth of $5 million as an English film producer, director, novelist, and screenwriter. 1970 saw the birth of Alex Garland in London, England, United Kingdom. In 1996, after graduating from the University of Manchester, he published The Beach, a novel about his experiences as a backpacker.