TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Legendary Entertainment is returning to comic book adaptations as they’ve secured the rights to turn Brian K. Vaughn’s comic Ex Machina into a feature film with screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel tackling the script. 

Ex Machina, the sci-fi comic book written by Brian K. Vaughan, is heading to the big screen. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who wrote the recent Kristen Stewart-starring drama Seberg, have been tapped to pen the adaptation being developed by Legendary Entertainment, which will be titled The Great Machine. Vaughan will be a producer on the project.

The pair of writers recently worked on Ben Wheatley’s upcoming thriller Rebecca for Netflix. Shrapnel had once worked on a version of Edge of Tomorrow. 

Vaughn is best known for comics such as Y: The Last Man (series adaptation shooting later this year in Toronto), Marvel’s Runaways, Paper Girls, and the beloved Saga. 

They’ll be giving the film the title of The Great Machine to avoid confusion with the recent Alex Garland film Ex Machina. 

The comic, which Vaughan made with artist Tony Harris, debuted in 2004, running for 50 issues under DC Comics imprint Wildstorm. It centered on Mitchell Hundred, a former superhero who becomes the mayor of New York City after 9/11. Hundred had the power to talk to mechanical devices but the comic was concerned less about superheroics than issues of government and political leadership. Great Machine was the character’s superhero name. Changing the title helps Legendary avoid confusion with Ex Machina, the 2015 sci-fi thriller from filmmaker Alex Garland that starred Alicia Vikander. 

The plot for the feature will revolve around Hundred dealing with a threatened political career when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.

Legendary has been previously behind comic book films such as Watchmen, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, 300, The Dark Knight, Jonah Hex, The Dark Knight Rises, and hasn’t made a comic book feature film since 300: Rise of An Empire. 

The studio will likely now start seeking a director next before assembling a cast. 


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