Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist and screenwriter.
Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick Garland. He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.
His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult classic and was made into a film by Danny Boyle, with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tesseract, Garland's second novel, was published in 1998. This was also made into a film, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. His third novel, The Coma, was published in 2004 and was illustrated with woodcuts by his father.
He wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film Sunshine, starring his second screenplay for director Danny Boyle. Garland also served as an executive producer on 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to 28 Days Later. Garland also wrote the first screenplay for Halo, the film adaptation of the successful video game franchise by Bungie Studios.
His partner is actress/director Paloma Baeza.
Awards / Nominations
- 2004: Nominated for Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Writing for 28 Days Later
- 2004: Nominated for Chlotrudis Awards 2004: Best Original Screenplay for 28 Days Later