Is Matthew Vaughn moving back away from four-color properties? Once Guy Ritchie’s producer, Vaughn debuted as a director with Layer Cake, pretty much out-Ritchie-ing his former filmmaking partner in the process, and then moved on to a group of comic-book based films: Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class.

Vaughn is signed for another X-Men movie and is producing the Kick-Ass sequel, but he’s also developing other films. One is an adaptation of Lexicon, based on a novel that will be published next year from author Max Barry (Jennifer Government, Company and Machine Man). Vaughn optioned the novel and will script the film himself. Read More »

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One of the many ‘wisdoms’ about Hollywood that I’m not sure is true at all is that the evil and greed-driven studios will want every picture to close on a happy ending, irrespective of what’s appropriate. Mandalay Pictures seem not to mind, however (or at least not mind forcing a changed ending) as they have snapped up the movie rights to Max Barry’s Machine Man even though they have no idea how the story ends. Indeed, Barry himself has no idea as he’s writing and publishing the story online, one page a day, lots of the plotting being executed as he goes along and even incorporating ideas from his readership.

The plot premise, in a nutshell, revolves around a techie who turns himself cyborg to be less bland and uninteresting, something of like a version of Tskukamuto Shinya’s Tetsuo that just brings it on himself? Here’s the very beginning:

One Tuesday afternoon my left leg was severed. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

If you want to know what happens next, the first 43 pages are yours for free, with ongoing access to the full story priced at under $7. Bargain?

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