THR reports that Oscar Isaac, last seen on screens as pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, has closed a deal to star in and produce The Great Machine, Legendary’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Eisner Award-winning comic book title, Ex Machina.
Isaac will produce alongside his longtime manager and producer Jason Spire. The two worked together previously to produce MGM’s Operation Finale. Vaughan, the prolific creator behind Y: The Last Man, Saga and Paper Girl, is also producing.
Legendary acquired the rights to Machina only recently, with the rights deal falling under its three-year overall film and television pact with Vaughan. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who wrote the recent Kristen Stewart-starring drama Seberg, are set to write the script.
The comic, which Vaughan made with artist Tony Harris, debuted in 2004, running for 50 issues under DC Comics imprint Wildstorm. It centered on Mitchell Hundred, a former superhero who becomes the mayor of New York City after 9/11. Hundred had the power to talk to mechanical devices but the comic was concerned less about superheroics than issues of government and political leadership.
Isaac will play ‘Hundred’.