Darren Aronofsky Revs Up Machine Man

Okay, now this is something I can see a guy like Darren Aronofsky doing. Mind you, I’m anxious to see what an indie guy like Aronofsky does with a studio product like “Wolverine 2”, but a film like “Machine Man” seems more like something he would come up with, given the nature of the story, which would seem to fit somewhere between a Marvel Comic book and Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Tetsuo” movies.

The plot for “Machine Man” goes something like this:

Described by Mandalay as an “amped up pop-thriller,” the story centers on a gadget geek and engineer at a forward thinking tech firm who is tired of going through life average and unnoticed and is also obsessed with his own self improvement. He decides to replace his weak, fleshy parts with high-end titanium performance upgrades of his own design but then discovers other entities have designs on him for their own motives.

Aronofsky will develop and direct the movie, which will be based on the online serial being published by author Max Barry online one page at a time. (You can read them here.) Mark Heyman, who co-wrote Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”, will be tackling the adaptation. The novel will eventually be published in its entirety by Vintage Books in the Spring of 2011.

Knowing Aronofsky’s predilections, though, don’t expect some kind of straight-up superhero movie or anything close. “Iron Man” this guy probably ain’t.