Oscar Isaac To Star In Brian K. Vaughan Adaptation The Great Machine
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Oscar Isaac To Produce And Star In ‘The Great Machine’ An Adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina

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BY January 7, 2021

An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s ‘Ex Machina’ series of graphic novels is in the works. The film will star Oscar Isaac, who will also produce the film. The title of the film will be The Great Machine. Legendary opted to change the title in order to avoid mixing it up with the sci-fi film Ex Machina that came out in 2014… and also starred Oscar Isaac.

Oscar Isaac Ex Machina Image via DC

The Great Machine Is Based On The Ex Machina Comics

The comic series Ex Machina was written by Brian K. Vaughan and ran for 50 issues from 2004-2010, published by the Wildstorm imprint of DC Comics.

Penguin/Random House describes the Ex Machina series:

“When a strange accident gives civil engineer Mitchell Hundred the amazing ability to control machinery, he uses his newfound powers to become the world’s first living, breathing superhero. But the thrill of risking his life simply to help maintain the status quo eventually wears thin, leading Mitch to retire from masked crime-fighting in order to run for Mayor of New York City–an election he wins by a landslide.


“And that’s when the real weirdness begins.


“Before it’s over, the lives of Mayor Hundred and everyone around him will be turned upside down and inside out–and the very fate of humanity will turn on his actions. Will the man who stopped the second plane on 9/11 be able to resist the incalculably greater threat now looming on the horizon? Or will he prove to be the ultimate example of the corrupting nature of power?”

Oscar Isaac Will Become The Great Machine

Poe Dameron, The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars, Oscar Isaac (Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron / Image: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney)

Isaac will play the lead role of Mitchell Hundred. The comic series is set for a film adaptation, rather than a television series. So it is unclear what issues of the comics will be covered. Since the series has so many issues, the film will have to considerably condense the material from the comics.

The framing of the comic books has Hundred telling his story from far into the future. His flashbacks are interwoven through the narrative from.  Isaac and the film production would be smart to keep this framing device. It would allow the films to focus on specific storylines and narratives based on the stories that they want to show.

The series is an overtly political one. Vaughan spends as much time dealing with corrupt governments as he does delving into Hundred’s super powers. In today’s political climate, this messaging might be a welcome addition to the comic book/superhero film canon.

Screenwriting duo Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse will adapted the comics for screen. The pair have about 10 screenwriting credits to their name, including an early screenplay for a sequel to The Edge of Tomorrow. However they have little genre or adaptation work to their names. It will be interesting to see how they handle this complex comic book adaptation.

No other news about the Oscar Isaac production of The Great Machine has been released yet, but you can be sure we will be keeping a close eye on the project as it develops.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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