From one Ex Machina to another. Oscar Isaac just closed a deal to produce and star in an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Eisner winning comic Ex Machina. The title of the film will be The Great Machine and Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are writing the script according to a THR exclusive.
Vaughan is one of the best writers working right now. His work includes Y The Last Man, Saga and Paper Girls. All these titles are definitely worth your attention, in fact, I’d say they are must-reads. He’s also worked on the television side too, lending his talent to Lost and Marvel’s Runaways.
The comic Ex Machina, which Vaughan worked on with artist Tony Harris, ran for 50 issues. It centers around Mitchell Hundred (aka The Great Machine), the world’s only superhero, who becomes the mayor of New York City after his actions on 9/11.
Hundred was left scarred on the left side of his face after an extra-dimensional device exploded near the Brooklyn Bridge. The scarring looks like electrodes and he has the ability to communicate and control all things mechanical hence his superhero name The Great Machine.
However, the comic series deals more with Hundred’s term in office and puts politics and leadership under a microscope. In the comic, he has flashbacks to when he was The Great Machine. It will be interesting to see what angle scribes Waterhouse and Shrapnel will take with the source material.
Keep an eye on Geek Girl Authority for more news on The Great Machine as it develops.
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