Just last week it was announced that Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris‘ superhero-turned-politician comic Ex Machina is heading to the big screen, albeit under a different title to avoid confusion with the 2014 film of the same name.


The film adaptation will be called The Great Machine, and it will star Oscar Isaac – who previously starred in the other Ex Machina.


The two properties are completely unrelated, but this is a fun coincidence. The story revolves around Mitchell Hundred, a former superhero who becomes the mayor of New York City after 9/11. He has the power to talk to mechanical devices, but the comic was more concerned with issues of government and political leadership than battles between good and evil.


Considering the glut of superhero films around right now, one that focuses on the political impact of a superhuman should be fascinating. Isaac is a terrific actor and should excel in the role. In fact, he’s actually played a mayor before, having starred in HBO’s limited series Show Me A Hero, which focused on Yonkers, New York Mayor Nick Wasicsko.


The Ex Machina comic series kicked off in 2004 and eventually ran for 50 issues. It received the Eisner Award for Best New Comic in 2005. Seberg writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel will write the script for the film adaptation.


This is another huge coup for Isaac, who’s got plenty of interesting projects lined up. He will play Timothée Chalamet‘s father in Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, and will also star alongside Tye Sheridan in Paul Schrader‘s next film, The Card Counter.



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