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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 03
Oct
2012

First “Syrup” Movie Stills

Syrup

Stills! Where do they come from? How do they get out there? I don’t know. But they have begun popping up on sites like Amber Heard Web, Shiloh Fernandez Source, Kellan Lutz Online, and Syrup Movie Fans. So: behold!

(Unless you want to completely avoid spoilers. As in, you haven’t read the book. And you don’t intend to. But you really want to see the movie. And you’re browsing my site. You’re a strange person.)

Amber Heard as 6, Shiloh Fernandez as Scat:

Scat gazes skyward while a machine lurks ominously in the background:

Kellan Lutz as Sneaky Pete:

Now for some ANSWERS to COMMON QUESTIONS. I don’t believe there’s an official release date yet, but it can’t be too far away now, can it? Not with these STILLS. So I’m guessing within the next six months.

I haven’t seen the film; I am waiting until I can see it in a cinema. Because having a novel turned into a feature film, that’s kind of a big deal. I don’t want to watch the end result of that on a DVD. I want to sit in a theater and crane my neck and eat popcorn. Right?

The movie doesn’t strictly follow the plot of the book. I can say that without seeing it because I wrote many screenplay drafts, and they didn’t strictly follow the plot of the book. I don’t think movies should be like books only with all the parts you’d normally imagine filled in. I think they should do their own thing. They should be true to the core of the book but express that in whichever ways work best. Also, you know how I rewrite my novels to death? Oh. Well, I do. I change a lot in each new draft. So imagine me adapting my own novel. It’s a miracle anything survived.

If you missed it before, here is a teaser. I think it’s awesome. I was so happy when I saw this. I watched it about thirty times in a row.

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Jak (#2464)

Quote: "The Straight-Jacket makes it hard to type."
Posted: 718 days ago

Any possible tie in with the sale of real life "Fukk" cola?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 718 days ago

It was actually talked about. I don't know for sure, but it's possible...

Oodge (#2790)

Location: Tas
Quote: "'Ooh look Marge, Maggie lost her baby legs.'"
Posted: 718 days ago

If we can't get a Fukk when we watch it at the movies (hahahaha), I'm going to have to make my own 'Fukk'-styled cup and pour my coke in to that

Machine Man subscriber Paula (#3196)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "(insert something witty, eventually...)"
Posted: 718 days ago

I just had a look at imdb, which gives Syrup a release date of 1 November, in Russia. Of course :)
Add the full stops and visit imdb com title tt0762138

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 718 days ago

www.imdb.com/title/tt0762138/

That's interesting! Earlier it was slated for November 29 in Russia, but I think the early screening went well, so they must be moving it up.

Karan (#1376)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Quid Quid Latine Dictum Sit, Altum Viditur - Anything said in Latin sounds important"
Posted: 718 days ago

May I just say Shiloh looks perfect as Scat? Because damn, that's almost to a tee the picture I had in my head.

Can't wait! Do we fans-from-way-back-when get some sort of discount or raffle or something for premiere tickets? :D

Phill Sacre (#1822)

Location: London, UK
Quote: "Computers are like air conditioners. Both stop working, if you open windows."
Posted: 718 days ago

I'm really looking forward to this now. I re-read Syrup recently loved it once again...

And it doesn't matter if it's adapted. All the best movie adaptations don't follow the book exactly :)

Neurosurf (#3339)

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Quote: "Thank you for writing. Keep on."
Posted: 718 days ago

Hi Max!

Your blog/mails are great. You give me (and all the others) the impressission that we are close. Close to a giftet writer and his first steps towards Hollywood. This simply feels awsome!

All the best!

Thomas

Machine Man subscriber tim (#3234)

Location: chattanooga, TN, USA
Quote: """
Posted: 717 days ago

Pete's Zack Morris re-dux hairstyle screams 'I am a douche.' It seems a little too overt for a "sneaky" pete with lots of money. Maybe it helps the viewers at home:
"Which one is pete?"
"The douche with the haircut."
"Oh yeah, thanks."

Does funky music play whenever he enters the scene? That would also help.

Chris (#6002)

Location: Canada
Posted: 712 days ago

With the release date being potentially moved up... Does that mean the CTs went well? ;D

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 712 days ago

Oh wow, I had forgotten about CTs. Yes! The CTs are green!

Prue Meehan (#3306)

Location: Australia
Quote: ""I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright"
Posted: 707 days ago

The Syrup teaser looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the first Max(x) Barry book I ever read made into a movie! Looks very slick so far :-)

Machine Man subscriber Xavier Desroches (#1840)

Location: Brossard, Qc, Ca
Quote: "Smile, Tomorrow Will Be Worse... - Murphy"
Posted: 696 days ago

I've re-ordered, for the 5th (well, ordered once, re-ordered 4 times) Syrup because every time I lend it to someone, they lose it (secretly, they love it so much they just don't want to give it back, I'm sure!) and I just put my life on hold to read it, again.

For the nth time:
Damn it's good!

I remember the first time I read the book. I thought:
Damn it's good!

It always is so good! Thanks Max, you once again made my day (a few days actually, I didn't read it in one go)

Chase Robinson (#5827)

Location: Woodlawn, Virginia, USA
Quote: "I want to be famous. Really famous."
Posted: 650 days ago

wow I'm late for this article, but want to say; I can't wait for this movie!

In my mind, I always pictured Sneaky Pete to kind of look like Joey from the band Burn Halo picture here: guitarinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/LiveJoeyBarryDolton-e1309029357943.jpg

I'm sure Kellan will do great though :)

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