Not Marvel’s Machine Man though. According to Deadline, Mandalay Pictures have attached Darren Aronofsky to direct an adaptation of Max Barry’s page-a-day online serial Machine Man, which follows the exploits of a man who decides to systematically replace his organic limbs with synthetic titanium upgrades. More info after the break.
Barry’s serial began in March 2009, and the full story had been posted online by 1st December of that year. It’s 185 pages total, and you can read the first 43 for free on the Machine Man site. Barry is currently re-writing the story as a full novel, which will be approximately 50% longer than the online serial, and will be published by Vintage Books in spring 2011.
Deadline briefly summarises the story for us:
Charlie is a gadget geek and engineer at a forward-thinking tech firm, and he decides to systematically replace his weak fleshy parts with high-end titanium performance upgrades that he has designed. Turns out Charlie isn’t the only one with plans for his superior parts.
The novel will be adapted by Mark Heyman, who worked with Aronofsky on Black Swan. Max Barry will executive produce.
Aronofsky is also set to direct Wolverine 2 next year, so presumably he’d be getting to work on Machine Man after that. I can tell you that I’m more interested in the latter; we’re suffering from a bloat of superhero films at the moment. The concept behind Machine Man could make for a good film – for some reason I can imagine it having a similar vibe to Aronofsky’s first film Pi. Or is that because this vaguely reminds me of Tetsuo: The Iron Man, which in turn reminds me of Pi? Who knows. Black Swan hasn’t had a wide release yet, so I personally can’t vouch for it, but if Aronofsky could work in some of the purported creepiness from that…this could be a strange sci-fi to look out for.
Are you more excited for this or Wolverine 2?