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Machine Man being manufactured by Mandalay

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, November 5, 2009

Max Barry is publishing his sci-fi thriller one page at a time on the internet. The writer is posting one full page each day from a novel he's working on called Machine Man, slowly revealing his book to those that drop by maxbarry.com. If you don't have an internet connection, then first why are you reading this story? Next, don't worry about having to read Berry's book only online; Vantage Books will publish the dead trees version in 2011.

Since there's some novelty and thus some hype now associated with Barry's work, Hollywood has stepped in. Mandalay Pictures grabbed the movie rights to the book.

Machine Man sounds like a real world version of how Iron Man would happen. In it a tech engineer begins to replace bits of his meatsack body with titanium replacements, removing the flesh and making him more metal as time progresses. However, in that spin that comes around the end of act one, the engineer comes to discover that there are other people who want to see him succeed at becoming a cyborg. These individuals have a more sinister idea in store for the protagonist's body.

This isn't the first novel of Barry's to get bought by Hollywood. Previoyus to Machine Man he had his last tome, Company, bought by Universal Pictures. Before that, Jennifer Government went to Warner Bros.

-Variety.

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