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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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Sat 07
Nov
2009

Hollywood Wants a Piece of Charlie

Machine Man Variety news article: 'Machine gearing up'You were in Hollywood trade Bible Variety. No, really. True, you weren’t the main focus. The main focus was OH BY THE WAY THEY’RE MAKING A MACHINE MAN MOVIE.

Well, when I say “making,” I mean “it’s in development.” And as we have learned, sometimes painfully, movies in development often do not make it out of development, at least not in our lifetimes. But still! This is a pretty amazing thing for a not-quite-finished experiment in fiction.

“They” in this case is Mandalay Pictures, who do actually get stuff made, and who I think get this concept particularly well. I’m not saying they’re self-mutilators. I have no proof of that. Let’s just say that if you were, I think they’d be sympathetic.

So Marc Graser of Variety reported this, and look what he said!

…suggestions from readers are integrated into the plot as the story unfolds.

I’m not sure I want that in print. That seems like the kind of thing that could lead to lawsuits. But, well, it’s true: you guys post comments, I read them, and that affects what I write the next day. So there you go. We have a film deal.

I have to mention (again) my Machine Man muse/tormentor M.I. Minter, the guy who essentially provoked me into doing this, because his response to this latest development was:

It’s amazing the fantastic things that happen when you regularly produce work.

I’m starting to suspect that M.I. Minter will make one hell of a Daddy one day. He has a knack of delivering delicious, crunchy praise with a chewy, you-can-do-even-better center.

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Linnea1928 (#2654)

Location: Rosemount, MN
Posted: 3538 days ago

Congrats Max! That's hella exciting! Hopefully it will all work out well!

Hans Miniar (#2600)

Location: Iceland
Quote: "~your love is made of happy, and sometimes exhasperation~"
Posted: 3538 days ago

Congratulations.
It would be great to see the movie come out. Hollywood's been so "uninspired" lately. There's a few "new" things that come out every year, but most of what we get is "yet another saw" movie or another remake.
This movie would surely pull a crowd, eager to see something a little bit different, and you know that everything you write is a little bit different (which, coincidentally, would be why you rock).

Congrats.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

Yubi Shines (#1664)

Location: Canada
Quote: "HOPE RIDES ALONE!"
Posted: 3538 days ago

Awesome news! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Machine Man subscriber John Wall (#4218)

Location: Boston
Posted: 3537 days ago

Congrats Max! I have no doubt your story will be told on the big screen, it's just too good not to.

Machine Man subscriber Russell (#3897)

Location: USA
Quote: "O Lord, Protect us from those to whom you speak directly"
Posted: 3537 days ago

Congratulations!

Though if i may suggest, i think the movie should be a TV serial :P

just kidding, of course. AWESOME THOUGH!

i really can't wait for anything of yours to become a movie, because if its good i'm sure everything else will follow shortly after.

Zwangzug (#3872)

Location: GMT -6
Quote: "It ain't over till it's over"
Posted: 3537 days ago

A full-size serial? Nah, just do 60 seconds a day in the middle of a bigger show. Instead of an ad, we can just watch Charlie and them.

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 3537 days ago

That's awesome. Congrats Max!

Machine Man subscriber gStein (#585)

Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 3537 days ago

2 thoughts...
1. how 'bout we lwt max finish writing the story before we adapt it into a movie? oh right it's hollywood, just throw in some big explosions, and you don't need a real ending!

and 2. MAX! i expect my royalties!

Jak (#2464)

Quote: "The Straight-Jacket makes it hard to type."
Posted: 3537 days ago

Congratulations. And I think if the movie does get made, we, the readers, should get a cut of the profit because we helped make it. ;)

Machine Man subscriber Lossenelin (#3167)

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted: 3537 days ago

Awesome news, hope this one gets made...

Machine Man subscriber Ted (#4023)

Location: Ohio, USA
Quote: "There is a guy in Lab Control who once killed a woman with his car, and he gets invited to parties. I don’t understand that."
Posted: 3537 days ago

Totally called it! :D
That's awesome Max.

Machine Man subscriber Ketchup (#3927)

Location: Sydney...delete that - I've moved to Melbourne
Quote: "and then there was 1"
Posted: 3537 days ago

oooohhhhh!!!! - I get to see the Contours!

Congratulations Max!

Machine Man subscriber Ciaran (#4286)

Location: New Zealand
Quote: "When life giveas you questions, Google has answers"
Posted: 3537 days ago

They want a piece of Charlie eh? they betta act quick, legs gone, arm gone, fingers?

Machine Man subscriber Topher Cox (#3402)

Location: Colorado
Quote: "Fiend is like Friend without the "R.""
Posted: 3537 days ago

I'd say that's pretty impressive really. An author few people know about managing to sell the movie rights to a book that isn't even fully written yet.

There's a story in there somewhere, I'll write the unauthorized Max Barry biography, then sell the movie rights to it. I'll make millions!

On a more serious note, that's wonderful news. Hopefully this works out well for you.

Mary (#4557)

Location: Melbourne
Posted: 3536 days ago

Congratulations! Will it be, do you think, the Machine Man story OR the story of a writer writing it? In which case, who would you like to play you Max? A young Robert Mitchum or, given availability issues, someone else?

Simon (#3192)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "I'd rather be arrogant than wrong"
Posted: 3536 days ago

I notice an executive producer credit there as well...very nice.

ryandake (#2199)

Location: scenic monterey, ca
Quote: ""The rest is not our business.""
Posted: 3536 days ago

yay! max, you rock! here's hoping the gods of hollywood do right for a change and make this movie! i'll be the first in line for a ticket :-)

Machine Man subscriber coolpillows (#3749)

Location: new york general sort of vicinity
Quote: ""It's not working" -- Joseph Clark"
Posted: 3535 days ago

Congrats Max!! Seriously...it was just a matter of time. I'm glad they didn't do the math and say, "Well, he's only got X# of people paying $6.95...so we can't really fund a movie on that." Mandalay saw the bigger picture...pun intended.

I mentioned this before: David Cronenberg. He's got the right kind of weird visual affection for melding biological parts with machines and telling a cryptic and exciting story on film. I keep calling David, but he won't answer. Maybe now, somebody with cujones will get his people to talk to Max's people.

(And besides...I just wanted to comment here so everyone can see the machined nut by my name. We been here since the day Charlie cut his first leg off....right folks!)

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 3535 days ago

And our cut of the option dough will be..? Ah yes, I thought so. Not that we don't deserve our 0.0% mind you, in fact we really should pay you to write this book, and the studio if they make this movie.

Oh that's right, we already did, and we will. So all's right with the world, what a relief!

Hotrod91 (#4564)

Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Quote: "I gotta feeling that it's gonna get cold tonight..."
Posted: 3533 days ago

I support.
But should the moviemakers wait until Machine Man is done? i think they're pushing Max too far by getting it done too soon.

btw, when will Jennifer Government come out? it's been years since the last movie deal was signed.

*waits*

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 3530 days ago

*waits with Hotrod91*

Machine Man subscriber CrystalR (#4160)

Posted: 3528 days ago

I think eventually they're just going to meld all your movies together into one.

Jennifer and the NRA shooting at Charlie, who's infiltrating Zephyr Future with the omnipotent Human Resources in the cafeteria, sipping Fukks.

SyrupGovernmentCompanyMan: There's never been so many pairs of expensive shoes in one place.

Machine Man subscriber ba (#4191)

Location: NYC
Posted: 3499 days ago

I'm still waiting for Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company to be made :(

BTW, how has Company NOT been made yet? It's like a perfect Jason Reitman vehicle, and REALLY perfect for the current economic climate.

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