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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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Tue 26
Oct
2010

Darren Aronofsky to Direct Machine Man

Machine Man You know how I feel about film deals. At first, sure, everyone’s excited. It’s going to be the greatest movie ever made. You’ll be walking down the red carpet in no time, Max. You’ll be doing blow off the naked backs of strung-out starlets. But a few years later, and you know what? No starlets. Not one.

Not that it’s all about the starlets. I’m happily married. I’m just saying, it would be nice to be offered starlets. The point is, I have discovered that there’s a lot that can derail a project between sign-on and starlets. In fact, starlets seem to be the exception. Most of the time, the movie never happens.

So when the Machine Man deal happened, I tried to steel myself. “Meh,” I told people. “Not as glamorous as it sounds. Probably never go anywhere.” A few months ago, I heard Darren Aronofsky was interested in directing. “Yeah, there’s always a big name who’s interested,” I said. “Everyone’s always interested.” Then he signed on. And today it’s public, being reported in Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Now, Aronofsky is possibly the greatest director in the world. By which I mean, if you wrote a book or a screenplay, and you wanted someone to make it into a film, you would choose him. Because many people can do smart and unsettling and entertaining, but not usually all at once.

His newest film is “Black Swan,” which premieres in the US on December 3. It’s written by Mark Heyman, who is also on board for Machine Man. So I’m basically hoping Black Swan is the best movie of all time.

It is getting harder to stay cool about this.

By the way, Aronofsky was involved with the Robocop remake before the studio imploded. So do you think he walked away with a head full of unrealized ideas about bioaugmentation or what?

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Kasey (#5013)

Location: The trying plains of Texas
Quote: "Pseftis cared for Leonard the way a blacked out van candy man cared for the souls of nine year olds."
Posted: 1270 days ago

I just wanted to say: congratulations man! As a past student of your writing intensive on chuckpalahniuk.net, I've always been a fan and have always wished you a broader audience - I can't think of a better way to accomplish this. Again, congrats!

-KC

Matt (#808)

Location: AZ
Quote: "The only 3 books I've read in the last few years have been from the Barry Collection"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Congratulations Max!!!!!! Can't wait to hear more about this deal :) Here's to hoping that Black Swan gets great reviews as well!

Machine Man subscriber Roger (#1653)

Posted: 1270 days ago

Whoa. It'll definitely be interesting to see how this turns out.

Machine Man subscriber Arnab (#3918)

Location: Brisbane
Quote: "Now, I don't know Max, I've never met Max, or know anything about him, but I have it on good authority, that he is, in fact, a werewolf."
Posted: 1270 days ago

Holy shit that's pretty damn cool.

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 1270 days ago

October 26, 2010

META-BLOG: REVISITED

Many years ago, when Max was just beginning a blog, I wrote a meta-blog. I believe it's time we get an update.

First, though I'm no longer in High School, or college for that matter(I got a business degree, in case you're wondering), I'm always learning new things. I married now too, so the real education is just beginning.

My wife is an elementary school teacher. When we go to the library or bookstore, she goes straight to the education or children's book section. Needless to say, she's never read any Max Barry novel.

...however, she will go see the movie. Congratulations, Max!

-adam

Simon (#3192)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "I'd rather be arrogant than wrong"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Very cool. Let's hope you can get involved in the production

Machine Man subscriber Bob (#4095)

Location: Kansas
Quote: "Freeze!!! This is the Government!!"
Posted: 1270 days ago

WOW! Congratulations! You're pretty much correct about him being the best director... sheesh. This announcement nearly floored me, because really - you're definitely one of my favorite authors.

I watched Pi back in the day many times... was unsettled by Requiem for a Dream, and cried watching the Fountain. (and I didn't know about Black Swan... so thanks for that and now newly excited about that!)

Here's to you Max!

syrup6 (#1224)

Location: Arkansas
Quote: ""Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion" - Kierkegaard"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Wow, that ROCKS!!! So proud! First picked up Syrup in 2000 on a recommendation and have been following you ever since. You're in good hands with Aronofsky, loved his work on 'The Fountain'. :D Maybe this will help the others come to screen as well!

Machine Man subscriber coolpillows (#3749)

Location: new york general sort of vicinity
Quote: ""It's not working" -- Joseph Clark"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Max! WOW! WHOA! WOWWHOA!

Speechless. Aronofsky also directed "The Wrestler" and the trailer for "Black Swan" looks creepy good. Big Hollywood size congratulations!

Lee

Machine Man subscriber Adam Willard (#4231)

Location: Madagascar
Quote: "What unseen pen etched eternal things in the hearts of humankind... but never let them in our minds?"
Posted: 1270 days ago

That's REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY awesome! That's one of the coolest things I've heard in a really long time! Seriously, Aronofsky is such an awesome director. The Fountain is still one of my favorite movies... have never seen another narrative style anything like it, something that's cohesive among 3 non-overlapping plots. Anyway, I'm sure he's going to do Machine Man justice (well, I want to be sure). I was always a bit worried about how the narrative would turn out, but I have no doubt Aronofsky can pull it off. So awesome. Excited for you and me both! I can't wait to watch it! I guess it'll probably still be another 2 years or so before it's in theaters though, huh?

By the way, how's the rewrite of the book going? I'm guessing it'll be ready just in time to tie in nicely to the movie? Can't wait!

Kalle (#1278)

Quote: "Sex is herital. If your parents never had it, chanses are you'll never have it either."
Posted: 1270 days ago

I had totally forgotten about Machine Man(maybe repressed it after the free dose dried up?) but now I really have to go buy it. This is really cool, lets hope Black Swan doesn't bomb, the script writer doesn't do a Miyazaki, the budget isn't pulled, the test audience likes Darren's vision, the studio likes Darren's vision, and that everything else that can go wrong to a movie project doesn't go wrong.

Yeah, I'm kind of withholding a bit of my enthusiasm until I see actual marketing. At least it isn't Gilliam, so that's a big plus in the viability department.

Thomas (#1221)

Location: Germany
Quote: "One more, and I'm going to consider you my penpal."
Posted: 1270 days ago

Well done, Sir! I'll agree with Kalle about having to go and get the book now.

In fact, I didn't know it was released at all. I remember that the weekly installments suddenly stopped at one point, but maybe I just wasn't following where exactly they continued.

Anyway, hope it works out. I'd love to see that movie.

Machine Man subscriber dabbeljuh (#4114)

Posted: 1270 days ago

Sweet, lets hope it happens.

id still prefer to see jennifer government on the screen, but machine man also sounds awesome ;)

way to go, max.

greetings from germany

w

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Congratulations Max! Keeping fingers and toes crossed that it all happens and is a big success.

Oh, and by the way, if you should get offered any, you know, starlets... I'm not married, so I'd be happy to take them off your hands for you.

RayRay (#3747)

Location: Texas
Quote: "Sometimes late at night Wearing a cat on my head I get transmissions."
Posted: 1270 days ago

I actually levitated off the crapper in excitement. This is fantastic.

Machine Man subscriber Ballotonia (#4030)

Location: Netherlands
Quote: "Vote Early, Vote Often"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Wow, Darren Aronofsky. Congratulations with the positive developments!!!

Pi was awesome, but one of my all-time fave movies is still The Fountain (with a gorgeous performance by Rachel Weisz).

And to throw in even more positive news for you: Black Swan has been running the festival circuit for the past couple months. It has received many rave reviews, many calling it Aronofsky's best work to date, and is high-up in Oscar buzz for both Best Film and Best Actress (Natalie Portman).

... which in turn triggers me to remind you about the casting suggestion I made earlier on for the Machine Man movie: Natalie Portman :p

Ballotonia

Sean Silleck (#4937)

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Quote: ""I swear I've never been in Max's trash.""
Posted: 1270 days ago

Congratulations, Max! Though, to be honest, I'm much more excited to have the paper version of Machine Man in my grubby little hands. I've always had problems with movies adapted from books I really love--one little deviation from the book, and pfffssst, there goes my excitement. Then, shortly thereafter, the annoyance sets in and, before I know it, I'm not even enjoying my popcorn anymore. BUT, as a marketing tool, and an insurance policy against bookstores ever running out of any of your titles, I'm all for the movie, and I will chatter about incessantly, and I'll even go and see it, even though the entire time I'll be hoping and praying that this Aronofsky joker doesn't do anything to ruin my popcorn.

Joe (#2270)

Location: Campbell, CA, USA
Quote: "I'm subverting the system from the inside. I think."
Posted: 1270 days ago

What good news! And I'm still hoping that <i>Jennifer Government</i> will get made some day.

Mary Rose (#2854)

Location: San Francisco, CA
Quote: "go big or stay home"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Way to go, Max! (By the way, Lindsey Lohan has ruined the whole starlet thing for generations to come.)

Machine Man subscriber Yannick (#3858)

Location: Heist, Belgium
Quote: "he reads things"
Posted: 1270 days ago

Congratulations!
I can't wait to see it!

Machine Man subscriber Randy (#2374)

Location: Ravena, NY
Quote: "I could write a book about being lazy. I just don't feel like it."
Posted: 1269 days ago

Great news!

Ben Turner (#922)

Location: Canberra, Australia
Quote: "I have nothing to say on that matter, unless it happens to benefit me to say something."
Posted: 1269 days ago

Machine Man subscriber fredzfrog (#2368)

Location: Moe
Quote: "Fredzfrog"
Posted: 1269 days ago

The first ever movie to be released 1 frame/day?
ha ha ha

Requiem for a dream makes my brain go mush..

Abgrund (#3357)

Location: Atlantis
Quote: ""Redeem your mind from the hockshops of authority." - Ayn Rand"
Posted: 1268 days ago

Movie, Schmovie, where's the book? I googled for it and I got:

www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/m/machineman.htm

Don't tell me you're going to share the first page of Google with a fifth-string superhero no one ever heard of.

P.S. I am evil, but not because of the link, and I am not a robot. I'd be less evil if I were a robot.

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