Dredd 3D screenwriter Alex Garland is set to make his directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina for DNA Films.

Alex Garland wrote the screenplay which centers on a billionaire programmer who chooses one of his young employees to spend a week at his lavish estate and test his latest creation: the world's first artificially intelligent female robot.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing alongside DNA Films' Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Production is slated to begin in either the summer or fall on a $15 million budget. This project is unrelated to another project entitled Ex Machina, based on the Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris comic book about a superhero who becomes mayor of New York City.

Alex Garland wrote the novel that Danny Boyle's The Beach was based on, before making the transition to screenwriting. His other screenwriting credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. He also wrote the screenplays for projects that are still in development such as the Halo video game adaptation and the Logan's Run remake.