Aronofsky's directing serialised Machine Man
Last year I wrote about Max Barry's scripts, three of them actually, being picked up by studios – Company, Jennifer Government and Machine Man. Now news is out that Machine Man has a director, once Barry finishes the story of course, and it's going to be Darren Aronofsky.
There's no word on what the status is with his other projects, but with Aronofsky set to film this one after he completes X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, then the other Barry stories are surely to get much more notice and a bit more push behind them.
Machine Man is an interesting tale of self-improvement. As we heard back then it's the story of a man who begins to augment his body with new, robotic parts that he has created. In fact it would appear that he starts lobbing bits off and replacing them himself, nasty.
However once he starts on the path he becomes a little obsessed with the body modifications and keeps going, as people often do, and as he does other people become interested in the new him and might just want to start controlling him.
There's a little difference in the spin that The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision has written down for the story, they say that he's an average, unnoticed kind of guy, but is a gadget geek and engineer at a forward thinking technology firm, obviously much cleverer than others might think. He uses high-end titanium performance upgrades – which should get changed to that new material that's been discovered, much better than titanium – and then discovers that...
...other entities have designs on him for their own motives.
Now does that mean companies or something more? Well you can find out rather easily by going to Max Barry's official site and reading the story. He's writing a page per day in real time online. The whole story will eventually be published next year, just in time for a script to be created and Darren Aronofsky to direct the film. Perfect.
With this film set to happen it does move Barry up in the eyes of Hollywood, who had already bought two of his scripts. I wonder if the others will start development in the next few years? Last we heard Jennifer Government had been bought by Warner Bros. and had George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh producing, however Barry himself talked about it in May and said it had been seven years and its still not getting made. Back in February 2005 he wrote about writers joining the project some three years after Clooney and Soderbergh bought the rights. Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the writers of Sexy Beast, were assigned to the task.