Fans of DC and the now-defunct Wildstorm are about to go crazy as the epic sci-fi comic book, Ex Machina, is coming to the big screen. The series, created by Saga and The Runaways writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Tony Harris, will be adapted by Legendary Entertainment, under the new name The Great Machine, as to differentiate it from Alex Garland’s 2014 sci-fi film.
Announced by The Hollywood Reporter, The Great Machine doesn’t have a director attached to it right now, though writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel were confirmed to be working on the screenplay. Waterhouse and Shrapnel - aren’t those awesome last names? - also worked on Seberg, a drama starring Kristen Stewart so that should be interesting. Vaughan will be a producer, which makes sense since he wrote the comic.
While we’re sure some fans are disappointed that the film won’t have the comic’s name, thanks for that Alex Garland, the fact that Vaughan and Harris’ Wildstorm series is getting an adaptation is pretty cool. Granted, most fans wish this comic would become a series instead since it would give the writers more time to flesh out this world and characters but let’s hope that this somehow works as a movie.
Currently, no release date for The Great Machine has been announced. Don’t expect much news on this until a director is revealed and some stars are announced. If you’re interested, check the series out in bookstores, comic shops, and online comic stores like Comixology.