Autodesk and Ephere have been co-developing an experimental library that provides a simplified wrapper around the 3DS Max 2011 API that can be used from both Python and C#. MaxSharp is a research project.
Looks like Autodesk would like to get feedback from users to see if there's enough demand to pursue further development, but actually the bad news is that the project is not an open, it's an in-door project for Sparks developers. So, how we can send some feedback?...
I appreciate all the efforts in this direction, and I hope they become aware and start an open beta projects.
More at Ken Pimentel's blog.