There was quite a bit of news over the weekend, including this interesting report from THR: Legendary Entertainment is developing a film based on Brian K. Vaughan's sci-fi superhero comic book series Ex Machina, with Seberg duo Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel writing the screenplay. To avoid confusion with Alex Garland's acclaimed 2014 film, the project has been retitled to The Great Machine – the name of the protagonist's superhero alter-ego. Vaughan will produce the feature adaptation, which is part of his overall TV and film deal with Legendary that includes the long-awaited television series based on Y: The Last Man.
Ex Machina debuted in 2004 and tells the story of Mitchell Hundred, a man who transitioned from being the world's first (and only) superhero to Mayor of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. Operating under the name the Great Machine, Mitchell has the power to communicate with mechanical devices, though the source of his power is a great mystery. The story is set during his time in office, with his life as a superhero explored via flashbacks. According to THR, the film plot centers on "Hundred dealing with a threatened political career when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt."
Legendary has yet to hire a director for the project, but it seems like The Great Machine is in good hands with Waterhouse and Shrapnel, who also did some uncredited script work on Captain Marvel and wrote last year's World War II drama The Aftermath.