Boyle revealed that Garland has always been a scientifically and philosophically minded author, a fact noted in Garland’s later directing efforts such as “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation,” and “Men.” Initially, it was Garland who came up with the story of a dying sun, which Boyle attributed to the writer’s obsession with scientific journals. Boyle didn’t know if there was an article or magazine of interest to Garland, but he acknowledged his partner’s preference, speech:
“Alex Garland is a fan of magazines. He sent me the first draft with this brilliant idea: a trip to save the sun. As far as we could find, there has never been one. no movie about the sun, but it’s the only movie that’s the most important thing that you can jeopardize.”
More importantly, Boyle wanted to acknowledge that Garland’s interest in hard science was out of fashion. Modern science fiction, Boyle felt, has strayed too far from the “sci-fi” part. Boyle recalls a time when two popular and successful sci-fi films were released within two years of each other, and the industry certainly leaned toward one of them. Like so many things in Hollywood, “Star Wars” toppled it all:
“Hardcore science fiction is out of fashion, isn’t it? There was a tension to it in the ’70s that tried to realistically depict space, but it was superseded. Aliens. , one of the great masterpieces, was quickly followed by ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Wars’, of course, brought people to science fiction fantasy, the playground where everything is going. You can imagine any creature, on any planet. And they all speak English.”
Boyle, of course, mixed the dates. “Star Wars” was released in 1977, while “Alien” was in 1979.
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