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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Wed 01
Nov
2006

Company in Hollywood and Oz

Company If you were wondering what that strange feeling you had recently was—a sensation like some great evil in the world had suddenly been put to rights—then I’m happy to explain: Company has got itself an Australian publication date.

About time, I know. It’s very weird to be published overseas but not at home. I wouldn’t mind if my book was completely ignored or flayed by critics, so long as people could at least find it in a bookshop. Well, I’d mind a little. No, you’re right, that would suck. But having Company unavailable in my home country really niggled at me this year. I’m very happy to be getting that fixed.

The details: it’ll be a A$29.95 paperback out March 2007 from Scribe Publications, available in Australia and New Zealand.

In film news, I spoke to Steve Pink recently—he’s the guy writing the Company screenplay. I gotta say, when the film rights sold to this book, I had no idea how it could be a movie. I mean, it was barely a novel. For me, it was more like colonic irrigation: by the end, I felt like I’d flushed out everything I had left to say about corporate life. But Steve described some scenes to me, and they sounded very funny. So now I’m intrigued.

Apparently if this film gets made, Jen and I get to fly first class to the premiere. Jen thinks this is the most exciting thing ever. Not the movie. The chance to fly first class.

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Jamie (#111)

Location: Auckland
Quote: "Anyone still spelling "internet" with a capital "I" is probably struggling with the complexities of their new-fangled electric typewriter."
Posted: 2850 days ago

You'd better check Fin also gets to travel first class to the premiere, or you'll be extremely unpopular!

Jake (#1479)

Location: In front of the computer
Quote: "Here's two herring and a squirrel: Amuse us!"
Posted: 2850 days ago

Wow, Company was already picked up as a movie? That's really awesome.
Also, congratulations on the whole having your book in Australia thing. I'd be more excited, but I live in the United States. Sorry.
Well, now I'm off to battle the oppressive deadline of National Novel Writing Month. Wish me luck, for I don't expect to come out of the battle alive.

Sam (#1156)

Location: Canberra
Quote: "There's a thin line between not listening and not caring. I like to think i walk that line every day of my life."
Posted: 2850 days ago

About friggin' time. Australian publishers are lame... i had to import via amazon.com. Meanwhile, I can't find Jennifer Government in bookstores anymore either, and i don't have my own copy.

Joseph (#1825)

Location: Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
Quote: "With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels."
Posted: 2850 days ago

I honestly am glad to hear your book will be available to be starred at in book stores and hopefully locals will continue the tradition of placing a few copies of the book in the front of the store.

Stupid publishers.

The movie deal sounds interesting, we should start a betting pool by a water cooler image on the webpage on which film gets picked up and released first out of your first 3 books (not including the one you set on fire).

Kalle (#1278)

Quote: "Sex is herital. If your parents never had it, chanses are you'll never have it either."
Posted: 2850 days ago

What? It's that set already? Are they casting? Who's directing? Who's financing? I need info Max! I need dates!

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 2850 days ago

That's cool that they're making it into a movie. I hope they don't screw it up. What about the other movie news?

Kommander Kyle (#2470)

Location: Covington, Louisiana, US
Quote: ""Revenge is a dish best served cold...""
Posted: 2850 days ago

oooh, first class. see, i havn't even flown at all!

so the Company movie is going to be a comedy (i havn't read the book...yet...)?

Machine Man subscriber Andrew R (#1357)

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Quote: "'...the...' - George Orwell"
Posted: 2850 days ago

Are you going to be travelling round Australia signing books? If so, don't forget Adelaide! I personally know at least 7 people who live in Adelaide and also read books. Please furnish us with dates and locations if extant.

Megan (#2756)

Location: Boston
Quote: "I don't want to be part time."
Posted: 2850 days ago

Speaking of flying and all things from Australia and New Zealand I just finished Departure Lounge by Chad Taylor. Maybe you should take a read before the flight.

Jason (#1193)

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Quote: "The bulwark of the suggestion box has failed."
Posted: 2850 days ago

Oh wow, that writer wrote the screenplays for High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank? Very nice, two of my favorite movies... both with the same leading actor. Hmmmmm any chance John Cusack will star in Company as well? :D

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @: http://www.shabooty.com"
Posted: 2850 days ago

lets hope this pink guy doesn't bring in donuts with pink sprinkles for the movie--and fruit it up.
$

SilverCloud (#2038)

Location: SANTA MONICA ,CA.U.S.A.
Quote: "Fortune Favors the Brave"
Posted: 2849 days ago




BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO
That would be all of us standing up and offering GOOD CHEER
*********************************************************** *********************************.....******....******..

Kindly take your seats and we will continue the show...

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 2849 days ago

Scribe eh? No luck with the ABC then? Funny, I thought after the JONESTOWN fiasco they'd be keen to pick up a nice bit of satire. Oh, that's right, they don't do satire at the ABC anymore either...

First class travel to the premiere of your first movie, that'd be great. If only actually getting a movie made was slightly more probable than winning the lottery you could become rather excited.

Kat (#1658)

Quote: "Vampire lollipops suck back."
Posted: 2849 days ago

That's weird... I live in Canberra (Australia) and I was able to borrow Company from the library a couple of weeks ago. Either the library's getting some books from overseas, or advance copies or something, or else (more likely, really) something just plain strange is going on.

I enjoyed Company, by the way. Syrup is still my favurite, though.

John Reynolds (#2534)

Location: New York, USA
Posted: 2849 days ago

The guy who is writing the Company screenplay also wrote the High Fidelity screen play which is an awesome movie with an even better book. But an awesome movie none the less, I'm sure he'll do a great job with Company.

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 2848 days ago

I can't wait for the Max Barry-esque movies to be produced and such. I would be like first in line on opening night to see them.

Machine Man subscriber Jono (#2764)

Location: Hamilton
Posted: 2846 days ago

Good news . . . but I don't know if I can wait that long. Might be a trip to Amazon for me

Mike Reason (#2743)

Location: Rhode Island, USA
Quote: ""Carpe Diem!""
Posted: 2843 days ago

Congratulations, Max. It sounds like the movie will stay true to the book, which is good news.

sara ines calderon (#2770)

Location: texas
Quote: "la vida es dura, pero es bella"
Posted: 2842 days ago

dude, check it out. first they stole fukk, now they are stealing the movie idea!

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/business/media/10adco.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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