FX has picked up a new Sci-Fi Murder Mystery series called Devs which will be helmed by Alex Garland. The famed writer/director is behind such hit films as Annihilation, 28 Days Later (writer), and the Academy Award winning Ex Machina. The series has been given an eight episode order and will be produced by FX productions.
Devs tells the story of a young computer engineer named Lily Chan. She ends up investigating the secretive development division of her employer which is a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco called Amaya. She believes they are behind the mysterious murder of her boyfriend. Ex Machina’s Sonya Mizuno will go from subservient android co-star to full fledged series lead as Chan in Garland’s new series.
The cabler made the announcements at the TCA summer press tour on Friday.”After reading all 8 scripts and hearing Alex’s brilliant vision and commitment to direct all of the episodes, it was an easy decision to order ‘Devs’ to series.” said FX CEO John Landgraf in a statement. “Alex is a visionary artist who with his partners has put together a stellar cast. We are grateful to Alex, Andrew, Allon, Scott, Eli and the brilliant casting team led by Carmen Cuba.” With Garland writing and directing all eight episodes, it seems FX is poised for success when Devs finally premieres on the critically acclaimed network.
While American Horror Story was renewed for its tenth season, showrunner Ryan Murphy has taken his talents to the streaming giant Netflix, leaving FX to seek out new talent. Garland is a solid pick up along with the likes of Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV. Also assisting in the development of the series will be Eli Bush and Scott Rudin, with whom he partnered with on the films Annihilation and Ex Machina.
Along with Mizuno, the series will also star Nick Offerman (Fargo, Parks and Recreations), Jin Ha (Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Zach Grenier (Deadwood), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Ladybird), Cailee Spaeny (On the Basis of Sex) and Alison Pill (Newsroom).