Brian K. Vaughan is on a bit of a hot streak right now.
A series adaptation of his comic Y: The Last Man is set to premiere later this year on FX. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, his comic Ex Machina is being developed into a feature at Legendary Entertainment.
The film will be titled The Great Machine to avoid confusion with the 2014 film Ex Machina. Which is a good thing because THR states that Oscar Isaac has been cast to play the lead in The Great Machine. Who had Isaac starring in two different Ex Machina films on their Movie Bingo Card?
The Great Machine gets it’s name from Isaac’s character Mitchell Hundred’s superhero name. The Great Machine has the ability to control machinery, and is the world’s first superhero. He eventually retires to run for (and be elected) Mayor of New York City.
The film adaptation, set to be written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Seberg), is said to focus “around the superhero mayor dealing with a threatened political career when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.”
A film adaptation has been in various stages of development since 2005. With Isaac’s casting, it’s clear that Legendary wants to move quickly in getting this onto screens.
Isaac has a rather impressive filmography when it comes to sci-fi related projects. In addition to Star Wars, Ex Machina, and Annihilation, he is part of the upcoming Dune remake.
The Great Machine sounds like an interesting project, and would certainly help differentiate itself from other superhero offerings by having Hundred retire as The Great Machine to be Mayor. Although, Oliver Queen did have a similar arc like that mid-way through Arrow‘s run on The CW, but the Green Arrow doesn’t have superpowers. He’s just really good with a bow and arrow.
We’ll keep you updated as more information and casting is revealed for the movie.
Have you read Ex Machina? What did you think of it? Do you think it will make a good movie, or should it have been a TV series like Y: The Last Man?