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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.


Fri 11

Retrospective #8: Nothing Happens, Film at 11

Max It’s probably time for a big update on what the hell is going on with some of projects I’ve mentioned in the past. On the one hand, the reason I haven’t posted any news is because I have nothing to report. But on the other, it’s probably annoying of me to post some big announcement then go quiet for months about it. So here’s the latest.

The Syrup Movie

There has been some good stuff happening, but I’m on strict instructions not to talk about it. Essentially, the producers at Fortress are trying to match the script I wrote with some appropriately cool film-makers. At this stage I’m reasonably hopeful that this is going to happen. Which means there is a non-zero chance of seeing a good Syrup movie some time this decade. I know! I’m excited too.

The Jennifer Government Movie

Section 8, the production company owned by George Clooney and Stephen Soderbergh, recently broke up, and I got the film rights back. Clooney and Grant Heslov have formed a new production company called Smoke House, and it’s possible the project might re-form there. Or it might not. If it doesn’t, there are some other good potential homes for it. So while this film is about as far away from production as ever, it has lots of potential.

The Company Movie

Nothing to report here yet; it’s very early in development.

My next novel

I’m working on a book. I would love to tell you how it’s going, but I know if I do it will be the last coherent sentence I ever write. I’m superstitious like that. But I am making plenty of progress. I feel like this time I might end up doing much less re-writing than usual. Of course, I always think that.

This is my top priority by far, and what I’m spending most of my time on.

The Maximum Words strategy has proved difficult to stick to. I keep cheating, like deliberately not checking the word count when I know I’m over. Still, I think it’s helping.

The sci-fi TV series

I wrote up a proposal, which I’m actually quite fond of. It probably needs another polish or two and then my agent will see if anyone but me likes it. This is a very long shot, since it’s insanely hard to get a TV series up. I am not packing my bags for LA just yet.

The Australian TV show with Wil Anderson

Hasn’t progress due to the enormous trouble Wil and I have locating ourselves in the same city simultaneously. We have a good concept, though, so I hope we can get something on paper this year.

Foreign editions of Company

I wish I had something to tell you. This bugs me like nothing else.

Project S

There’s something else I’m brewing up, but I’m not allowed to talk about it. It would be one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, though, so I’m seriously hoping it comes off. Yes, you heard it here first!

And I think that’s it. Huh. That was kind of underwhelming. But now you’re up to date! That’s got to be worth something, doesn’t it?


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Ralf Plattfaut (#2482)

Posted: 4848 days ago

Hey, Max!

The German edition of Company, will be in Stores in november this year. New cover, too.

Btw: cool projects, hope to see something!


Jake (#1479)

Location: In front of the computer
Quote: "Here's two herring and a squirrel: Amuse us!"
Posted: 4848 days ago

That sucks that George Clooney and Stephen Soderbergh broke up. (It still give me a bit of a chill to think George Clooney wants to make a Syrup movie, though. Wow!)

Anyway, good look on your next book. I'm looking forward to it, whatever it may be about. Lol.

Also, I just checked out that German version of Company, and I'd just like to be the first to put this out there: Germans are really weird. I've seen some odd covers in my day, foriegn or not, and that's one of the strangest, based on what the book is about, that is.

Best of luck on everything,


Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 4848 days ago

Sat. August 12, 2006 12:18am


Well, life's been busy. No time for blogging. Now things are slowing down briefly. An opportunity to blog has risen. Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Time to blog!


The point is, blogs are fun, and I enjoy blogging. Recently I have had no fun. All work. No play. I was becoming a dull man. Blogging is saving me. I am having fun again. Life is better. Horray!

Wow...that was wierd and incoherent.

-adam speicher

Monkeywright (#1732)

Location: Los Angeles, Californi-YARGH!
Quote: ""China is Here?" I don't even know what the hell that means! - PS - visit scenic"
Posted: 4848 days ago

Wow! If I took out the success story part of this entry, it would sound like my life at the moment. I have a book that's being un-published, a script that's not being produced, another book I'm working on that I don't like to talk to people about because they make all sorts of suggestions, and AND I'm also working on Project S.


Not really. But I think we should all get grey jumpsuits with fancy S logos. This could be the start of the Max Barry cult. After all, most of us are buying assault gear with our Amazon Barry purchases. And we have an enigmatic and energetic potential leader (Kale). So let's go for it.

I am also all work and no play. BLOG!

Mincetro (#584)

Quote: "This isn't skiing"
Posted: 4848 days ago

I heard Wil Anderson was landed in hospital or something...

Austin (#814)

Quote: "You might be stretching."
Posted: 4848 days ago

I sure hope the latter part of Project S isn't prefaced by a silent B.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 4848 days ago

Ba dum TISH!

John Reynolds (#2534)

Location: New York, USA
Posted: 4848 days ago

Wow Max, those are some of the best internet drums I've ever heard.

Anyway, very exciting stuff. I've finished all of your books and now I have to revert back authors with books that aren't quite as good so I'll be looking forward to your next one.

Kx (#1449)

Location: UK
Quote: ""
Posted: 4847 days ago

I don't think it was underwhelming, you've got lots of cool stuff happening at once and it's always nice to hear from you. :)


Greg Karber (#1568)

Posted: 4847 days ago

Every time I ever tell people that I'm working on a secret project, it falls through and so when they ask in several months what it was, I have to say something that I actually did finish was the secret project, and then they look all...well, you said it best: underwhelmed.

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 4847 days ago

Glad to see you're not spending ALL your time playing with that cute-as-a-button little daughter and are getting some work done. Great to hear another novel's in the works too, I'd hate to see you become a filthy rich Hollywood-type who just lunches and "develops projects" for a living. Feel free to become a filthy rich novelist though (stop laughing!)

Jeff T. (#2591)

Location: USA
Quote: ""WHO ARE YOU?!""
Posted: 4847 days ago

This is completely unrelated, but thought you might find this story funny.

Also, I got Syrup modeled at the bookstore I work at. I seriously enjoy pimping your book. Rock on!

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 4846 days ago

Ooh. Project S. Sounds very secretive...

Kit (#850)

Location: UK
Posted: 4846 days ago

Or Seductive, austin?

Machine Man subscriber Brad Mendenhall (#23)

Location: Shrewsbury, Pa
Quote: "Max Barry? I thought I this was the Dave Barry Website! You mean he doesn't swear he's not making this up? (Shameless Plug - check out my website"
Posted: 4846 days ago

Project S?

You're going to write Superman, aren't you?


austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 4845 days ago

Good point Kit...

You never know with Max.


Caroline (#1667)

Quote: "Does the Walker Choose the Path, or the Path the Walker?"
Posted: 4843 days ago

Max, another great blog. Can't wait for your next book. Also can't wait for the Jennifer Government book. I know it will get made soon. Someone has to have some sense. Hopefully, this project will carry over with George. We'll see, anyway.

Also, check out your bio on IMDb.Com.

Someone has spiffy-ed it up for you. ;) AKA, me. I thought it looked bare, so I figuered I'd make it pretty.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 4843 days ago

Ooh, thank you, Caroline! Now I feel important!

pj (#2631)

Posted: 4832 days ago

I just want to say, "Project S" better not be an action figure line. If it is I just may have to shoot you. With my mind. In the crotch. Other than that, I just want to say I love your book "Company", even though I haven't read it yet. Good job.

Dan (#2751)

Location: North Carolina
Posted: 4769 days ago

I think I'm going to check your books out. You've done a pretty decent job with NationStates and since I'm all out of Tom Clancy novels, I need some good material to read. What's the best one to start with?

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