He’s starring in Ex Machina again. Kind of.
Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac has apparently closed a deal to star in an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s celebrated comic book series Ex Machina – which is being renamed The Great Machine for the big screen to avoid confusion with Isaac’s other sci-fi hit, 2014’s Ex Machina.
Seberg screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are set to write the script, and Isaac will also have a producing role on the film. As yet, there’s no director attached to the project.
Vaughan, who is also known for the comic book series Y: The Last Man and Saga, recently signed a three-year deal with Legendary, who will be producing The Great Machine.
This won’t be the first time that Isaac has taken a role in a comic book film, as he appeared as villain Apocalypse in the X-Men franchise, but until now he hasn’t played the role of a superhero. He is often a choice high on people’s list for roles such as Batman, and recent rumours also had him in place for the role of Two-Face in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, but nothing came of it. Incidentally, it seems the role actually went to Peter Sarsgaard.
The Wildstorm comic book series from Vaughan and artist Tony Harris came out in 2004 and ran for only 50 issues. It told the story of Mitchell Hundred, a hero who went by the codename “The Great Machine” (hence the film’s new title) – but unlike the worlds of Marvel and DC, Hundred was this world’s only superhero.
After he saves the south tower of the World Trade Centre from harm during the 9/11 attacks, he goes on to win the New York City mayoral election. While the series was more about the Hundred’s time in political office, it contained many a flashback to his time as a superhero.
In the original comic books, Hundred had the ability to talk to mechanical devices, as well as a jet pack and ray gun of his own design. He gets these powers following an explosion from an extra-dimensional device while he is on the Brooklyn Bridge. He then finds out he can communicate and command mechanical devices, although they don’t always obey him.
It will be interesting to see how they approach the film, as it may end up being released sometime near the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and seeing this “alternate history” play out on screen may strike a nerve. Only time will tell.
More on The Great Machine when we have it.