Darren Aronofsky Developing Machine Man

The new kids are taking over. First you had the director of Memento taking on Batman (see related story: Batman 3 titled). Now you have the director of Requiem of a Dream getting a hefty payday ($5 million) to direct Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

But that’s not all for Darren Aronofsky. Remember that RoboCop reboot that was in development? Well, it got canned, but it looks like Aronofsky has the next best thing.

He has signed on to develop and direct Machine Man, a cybernetic thriller for Mandalay. The project sees him reuniting with Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman.

Last year, Mandalay picked up a partial manuscript written by Max Barry. The novel will be published in spring 2011, but Barry will also be publishing one page per day as an online serial before the novel is released.

Barry, previously published the novels Jennifer Government and Syrup, both of which were satires involving life and work and they are tied to the idea of consumerism. (In Government, your area of employment becomes your last name. Hence the book’s title.)

In Machine Man, Charlie is a gadget geek and engineer at a forward-thinking tech firm, and he decides to systematically replace his weak fleshy parts with high-end titanium performance upgrades that he has designed. Turns out Charlie isn’t the only one with plans for his superior parts.

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Source: Deadline