Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’ Ex Machina has been optioned a feature film by Legendary Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As part of Vaughan’s ‘first look’ deal with Legendary, the purported film adaptation has been renamed The Great Machine (the politican/hero’s vigilante name in the comic) to avoid confusion with the 2015 sci-fi film Ex Machina.
“What happens when the ordinary man gets an upgrade? What do you do with power and responsibility? And just because you can talk to machines, can any man — or superman — take on the endless cogs and gears that make up our world?” wrote Newsarama reviews editor David Pepose of the series back in 2010. “That’s the question that is asked by Ex Machina, the political-superheroic drama by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris.”
The Great Machine film will reportedly be written by Seberg scribes Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, with Vaughan onboard as a producer.
Just a year after its 2004 comic book debut, Ex Machina was optioned by DC’s Warner Media sister company New Line Cinema. Although a film was never made, Cale Boyter – a producer at New Line at the time – reportedly remembered the project after he joined Legendary in 2016.