Sorry, that image to your left is misleading: Darren Aronofsky is NOT directing a film based on the awesome Jack Kirby character. Which is a shame, because I desperately want someone to make a film based on Warren Ellis’ Nextwave characterization of the mechanical Aaron Stack — an alcoholic robot who takes pride in his synthetic nature. Too many robots in fiction just want to be human. It’s downright racist.
Oh, right: Machine Man is an adaptation of the serialized (one page a day) novel by Max Barry, due to be released in a collected, rewritten edition in Spring 2011. It’s about an engineer who continually replaces parts of his natural body with mechanical upgrades — sort of a self-made Six-Million Dollar Man.
Variety reports that Aronofsky will direct from a script by his Black Swan screenwriter Mark Heyman. It’s unclear if this project is replacing his gig directing Wolverine 2 or simply happening after he’s all said and done, but Slashfilm deduces that it’s probably happening afterward.
Either way, this announcement has me pretty stoked. Darren Aronofsky’s one of the most exciting, adventurous directors working today, in my opinion, and Machine Man seems like a suitable replacement for the Robocop remake he recently walked away from.