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NEUROMANCER In Pre-Production! Updated!

Published at: May 19, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

Nordling here.

I love William Gibson's novel.  I haven't read it in about ten years, though, and I'd be curious to know if global events and new technologies have changed its perspective.  It may be one I pick up again and re-read to see.  But I've always thought it would make an amazing film.

It was announced last year that Vincenzo Natali (CUBE, SPLICE) would be directing the film adaptation, and apparently a press release from Seven Arts Pictures was released yesterday that pre-production has begun on the film:

Seven Arts Pictures and GFM Films announced today that "Neuromancer," written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and adapted from the William Gibson best-selling novel, has secured sales from distributors in the first three days of Cannes. Territories licensed include: South Korea and Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India, CIS, Poland, and the Middle East.

"Response to this cult cyberspace thriller has been tremendous and the film ticks a lot of boxes with distributors. The film will be a Canadian-European co-production with principal photography occurring in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London. Work on the visual effects has already begun, with an anticipated start date in the first quarter of 2012," said Kate Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of Seven Arts. GFM also reported advanced discussions in Germany, the UK, France, and the USA..

The real trick of NEUROMANCER as a film is that whoever does the visual design is going to have to compete with millions of readers' visions of Gibson's amazing, well-constructed world.  It's not like LORD OF THE RINGS, where Tolkien's descriptions were so detailed.  Gibson's work very much leaves the imagery to the mind of the reader.  I'm happy to see that this film is starting to coalesce.

Nordling, out.

PS: Slashfilm has a terrific Q&A with Natali about his plans for NEUROMANCER.  You should head on over there and check it out.

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  • May 19, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Great choice of director.

    by loafroaster

  • May 19, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Well they got the director right

    by judderman

    Most importantly, he can keep FX and design in budget, which will be necessary because this project will have questionable appeal outside the scifi base.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    johnny mnemonic

    by hspahr

    Hope this will make us forget the travesty that was Johnny Mnemonic. Dang, that movie sucked butt.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I misread that as "Necromancer" and got excited.

    by tonagan

    Thinking it was based on the Brian Lumley books.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Necromancer? Let's remake WARLOCK!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    It's a Julian Sands classic!

  • May 19, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Excellent news

    by Tristan

    Natali has had a great track record (Cypher is a fave) but I hope Neuromancer has a budget to meet the book's scope. Still... I'll always wonder what Chris Cunningham would have done with the material.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Chris Cunningham

    by DonLogan

    is he ever going to direct a movie?

  • May 19, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    big

    by Mr Soze

    deal

  • May 19, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    donlogan

    by ClayMatthews

    No kidding, right? What is he even doing these days?

  • May 19, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Or "good" news - your choice.

    by ClayMatthews

  • May 19, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Great choice for a director?

    by MorganLeafy

    I haven’t seen Splice so I can’t judge about that, but I can verify that Cube was an incredible piece of shit. I would have liked to see a conversation about that movie at a party: Vincenzo: ‘Hi, my name is Vince and I’m directing a movie!’ Some dude: ‘That’s pretty cool, what’s it about’ Vincenzo: ‘About a couple of people locked in a cubicle room who get killed of by traps’ Some dude: ‘Interesting, interesting. Why are they there?’ Vincenzo ‘Eeeuuuuh, I dunno, aliens?’ Some dude: ‘Come on man, it’s a cool premise but you’re gonna have to work on it further’ Vincenzo: ‘Fuck you man, I don’t have to do shit! Cube is gonna be huge and I’ll be the next Arranofsky!’

  • May 19, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Tolkien

    by Ian Dolby

    Stephen Fry's in the Hobbit, woohoo!

  • May 19, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Molly Millions

    by Gorehog

    Get her RIGHT this time. Her first appearance is already fucked over in Johnny Mnemonic.

  • May 19, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    The two biggest problems with Johnny Mnemonic...

    by judderman

    superseding even the casting of Keanu Reeves (who was actually a pretty good fit to that material- see "The Matrix"), were the handing of the writing duties to Gibson (who can't write scripts for shit, something for which his incoherent script to Alien 3 should have served as a warning) and the directing duties to an artist. Not metaphorically, as in "the director is a true artist." A LITERAL FUCKING ARTIST.

  • May 19, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Now that's cool news, Natali will no doubt deliver the goods

    by KillaKane

    Been a fan of his work since Cube and Cypher, surprised he's not truly broken out into the mainstream. Hopefully on the commercial returns of Splice he should be able to up the ante on budget and deliver a worthy adaptation of Gibson's paeon to PKD. Looking forward to this one.

  • May 19, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein, Cube > Arranofsky?

    by MorganLeafy

    If you really think that than I can only conclude that you have no soul nor a brain.

  • May 19, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Johnny Mnemonic

    by Shubniggorath

    I wanted to like it soooo bad. Like, more than I wanted to like the prequels. I still go back and try to watch it and redeem it.... fuck. Yes please make Neuromancer and make it kickass enough to get me over Johnny Mnemonic.

  • May 19, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I'm just happy not to read the phrase...

    by KillDozer

    "screenplay by Orci and Kurtzman". I was prepared to be a little outraged, but instead this director/screenwriter seems like a potentially good fit.

  • May 19, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein

    by FleshMachine

    that says a lot more about you than it does aronofsky's films.

  • May 19, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I may be in the minority here but...

    by Ryan

    ..I did not really care for Splice. The story just seemed very clich'e to me, very predictable.

  • May 19, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Meh.

    by RogueWarrior65

    Snowcrash was a better book, IMHO. Give me that and Diamond Age, please.

  • May 19, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I Loved Splice and The Fountain

    by kevinwillis.net

    What is it with you people? You actively don't want to enjoy stuff or have a good time? Splice was a nifty little move. The Fountain was a nifty medium-sized movie. Neither was, I dunno, Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back or whatever, but I still enjoyed watching them, and would watch either of them again. Of course, Tron is perhaps my 2nd favorite movie ever, and I've recently watched Tron Legacy 6 times now, and it gets better with every viewing. So . . . perhaps I'm just brain damaged. Ironically, though, it lets me enjoy all sorts of stuff that other people just bitch about, so . . . there's that.

  • May 19, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I replied, see other TB

    by MorganLeafy

    The site is dragging right now. I guess Arranofsky should use more autists brilliant at math and then you would be happy right?

  • May 19, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    RogueWarrior

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Hear hear! I have re-read Snow Crash several times over the last couple of decades, and it is amazing how prescient he was, and also kind of amusing to see the things he didn't predict. Either way though, while Snow Crash is an amazing book, I can't for the life of me visualize any way in which a movie could be made of it that would make any sense or would do the book any justice at all. There's just too much barely-intelligible weirdness.. which is cool for a book, but would probably turn a lot of people off in a movie..

  • May 19, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Be cool to see

    by bagwanbob

    them use some of Billy Idol's Cyberpunk stuff to track this...

  • May 19, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Re: "Neuromancer"

    by ArmageddonProductions

    CUBE was decent and SPLICE was actually good enough that I'm not wincing at the choice of Natali doing this. Trust me, this could have been a lot worse. The "Hayden Christensen" thing everybody's bitching about was from a few years ago, when Joseph Kahn, the dude who directed TORQUE, was supposed to do it. Yeah. That guy. And nothing, believe me, would have been worse than if Chuck Russell had gotten to do HIS version way back when he was still lapping up success post-THE MASK. The script he wrote was about five steps down from whatever Gibson crapped out for JOHNNY MNEMONIC, sans the latter's rewatchability factor.</p><p> The main stumbling block NEUROMANCER's gonna have to overcome is THE MATRIX, which ripped off about seventy percent of "Neuromancer". Main character's a hacker? Check. Tough karate chick pulling him out of various bad situations? Check. Floating around inside of tunnels in a spaceship, hacking into a computer matrix via virtual reality while being driven around by a black dude with dreads? Check. A secretive enclave called "Zion"? Check. A neck socket to connect to virtual reality (yes, I know they got into cyberspace via electrodes on their temples)? Check. Lots of scenes in a surreal virtual reality? Check. Lots of crazy fight scenes? Check. The "one", who actually can get online without a computer connection(actually from "Count Zero", which also got ripped off)? Check. Giant robot things fighting the bad guys (from "Mona Lisa Overdrive")? Check. AIs posing as gods? Check. A virtual reality paradise as a reward for the good guys at the end? Check. "Neuromancer" and "Mona Lisa Overdrive" have an interesting twist at the end of both books that I'm surprised didn't get used, but the irony here is, everybody's gonna bitch about how NEUROMANCER the movie ripped off THE MATRIX. Good luck, guys. I'll probably be the only one in the theater for this one ...

  • May 19, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Natali has some talent, but can easily the mark.

    by ewokstew

    I think he's going to be in over his head with Neuromancer.

  • May 19, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I left out a word...

    by ewokstew

    interesting it was "miss"

  • May 19, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Chris Cunningham

    by lostboytexas

    where the fuck did he go? I hope he's been working on some large scale project all these years. Also, where the fuck did Aphex go?

  • I hope they pick up the pace in the movie Neuromancer. <p> Gibson has a tendency to drift along in his sociological fashion studies. <p> Movies of the SF variety should be fast hallucinogenic rampages.

  • May 19, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    nice

    by spidercoz

    do it, Vinnie!

  • May 19, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Chris Cunningham will never direct a film

    by ihatetalkbacks

    out of his own choice. He has publicly stated this.

  • May 19, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Canadian production?

    by Knugen

    That does not make me confident in this projects eventual quality. Nothing good has ever come out of Canada. Nothing!

  • May 19, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Tolkien's descriptions were so detailed????

    by berserkrl

    "It's not like LORD OF THE RINGS, where Tolkien's descriptions were so detailed."<p> Huh? Tolkien's descriptions are pretty famous for NOT being very detailed at all.

  • May 19, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Not thrilled about the director.

    by Sardonic

  • May 19, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    "Cube" RULES and I loved a lot of "Splice" so FUCK YEAH.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Never read this novel, but it sounds interesting.

  • May 19, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Neuromancer was before cell phones and wireless networking. it wont hold up.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    People wont watch a movie about future tech where nobody has a cell phone and everyone needs to use a LAN cable to connect to the internet.

  • May 19, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    rkdn: Have to agree with you...

    by Ironhelix

    I love Gibson's stories, but they are going to have to change a lot of the core technology in them to make them believable.

  • May 19, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Excellent choice for director, but too damn late

    by Vlad the Inhaler

    Combine BLADE RUNNER and TRON and you've got the essential look of Gibson's world(s), both meatspace and cyberspace. And both of those films were pretty much contemporaneous with the publication of his novel. As the judge said, "it'll steam engine, once steam engine time comes," and the cyberpunk subgenre was born out of these three otherwise disparate events. News of a "Neuromancer" film adaptation would've been exciting sometime in the 1980s, but in 2011 this seminal novel's tropes have been generally played out in film and TV. <p> This is a terrible comparison, but when the Gil Gerard BUCK ROGERS pilot was released theatrically, I heard somebody in the audience say it was a ripoff of STAR WARS. Obviously, the viewer didn't know his pop-culture history; similarly ignorant people will say the same thing about NEUROMANCER vis-à-vis the past 30 years of sci-fi media. The rest of us might or might not appreciate the adaptation, but there won't be anything really new there.

  • May 19, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    If they cast some CW no talent as Case so help me God...

    by IndustryKiller!

    I will burn the production offices down before I let them make the film. The fact that it's not an American production bodes well though...

  • One could say the whoel career of Vicenzo Natali is one big test run for NEUROMANCER. Hopefully, this willbe his 2001: A Space Oddyssey, his masterpiece.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein

    by AsimovLives

    I'm sad to know you think so little of the Son Of Bowie.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Neuromancer comic put out by Epic?

    by orcus

    If Orcus remembers correctly, Marvel comics was the parent company for Epic, like what? 20 years ago? The comic only covered a fraction of the novel, it's a shame they never continued it

  • May 19, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    roguewarrior65

    by AsimovLives

    I loved both SNOW CRASH and NEUROMANCER. The former was more of a dark comedy, the later was more serious and dramatic. But both are masterpieces of cyberpunk SF.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    knugen

    by AsimovLives

    Consider the factt hat Paramount Picturxs is owned by Viacom, which is a canadian corporation, everytime you watch a movie released by Paramount you are watching a movie made with canadian money. Theres' far more money in Canada then you might believe. there's far more things in america which are owned by canadian firms then you might believe.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    YEAH LAST I HEARD CHRISTENSEN WAS SUPPOSED TO DO THIS

    by Meadowe

    don't know too much about the book except it is very much appreciated, so I hope the film is treated with that in mind. And I remember liking cube, hearing mixed things about splice, so I hope this film will be good.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    both cube and splice were good, this has potential

    by bottombrick

    Although there are already two Keanu movies that mined this material and it will be tough to avoid comparisons. Splice had some uncomfortable laughter moments and wasn't film on a grand scale by any means, but just the fact that someone is willing to explore some cronenbergian and psychological shit is fantastic.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    "Nothing good has ever come out of Canada."

    by AsimovLives

    James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, Ted Kotcheff, Vincenzo Natali, Jeremy Podeswa, Dan Aykroyd, Geneviève Bujold, Raymond Burr, John Candy, Rae Dawn Chong, Matt Craven, Hume Cronyn, William B. Davis, Nicole de Boer, James Doohan, Colm Feore, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Ford, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Graham Greene, Bruce Greenwood, Phil Hartman, Walter Huston, Michael Ironside, Mia Kirshner, Margot Kidder, Elias Koteas, Evangeline Lilly, Rick Moranis, Leslie Nielsen, Catherine O'Hara, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Barry Pepper, Mary Pickford, Sarah Polley, Michael Shanks, William Shatner, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Wincott and Fay Wray... to name a few.

  • May 19, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    vlad the inhaler

    by lv_426

    I think you are right about the look, Blade Runner + Tron. The perfect Neuromancer film adaptation would have been if Ridley Scott had made it in the late 80's as a sort of spiritual successor to Blade Runner. As for the possibility of people claiming Neuromancer rips off The Matrix or Ghost in the Shell or other cyberpunk style films, I am sure that will happen as there are tons of dumb asses out there. Same thing happened when the first Avatar conceptual art pics were released a few years ago. People were saying how Cameron ripped of Halo in his designs. Of course, the irony being that Halo was heavily inspired by Aliens, which anyone truly familiar with Halo should have known. I do hope for a good Neuromancer film adaptation though. The only thing that worries me is if it is good and successful, then will Hollywood rush a bunch of other cyberpunk films into production? Hopefully the price paid for getting a good adaptation of Neuromancer isn't having to sit through a bunch of crappy cyberpunk film adaptations over the next few years. Warners would probably put Akira back into production. We'd probably get a dumbed down and Americanized live action Ghost in the Shell film as well. Dare I mention those Blade Runner sequels that were rumored last year?

  • May 19, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I first read the book around '88 or so --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- and agree that it's too late to make this. The sex "workers" could still shock though, or has that been ripped off too?

  • May 19, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Scared and excited

    by reaper28

    Part of me can't wait to see this on the big screen and the other part of me worries I'm going to be disappointed it won't be able to match up to what I imagine the (real ;) Matrix looks like ... I wish they'd do it as a mini-series ... seminal works should be adapted in full rather than shredded into a 2 hour film - and this is one of them. It's been about 5 years since I read it last, but goddamn I'm going to grab my copy and read it again. Fingers crossed.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Vancouver (presumably), Tokyo, Istanbul and London.

    by ROBRAM89

    Now THAT is how you shoot a fucking cyberpunk movie.

  • "Jennifer Tilly" was all you needed.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    reaper28: novels as TV series or miniseries

    by lv_426

    I agree. True Blood, Game of Thrones, hell even shows like Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Killing, which aren't based on novels but feel like they could have been, work so much better when given room to breath as opposed to being crammed into a standard theatrical film's two hour running time. I suppose Neuromancer could at least not be too edited down for the film version, as it isn't a massive thousand page bullet-stopping opus of a book. But if a good cable network like HBO, Showtime, or AMC did make Neuromancer as a TV series, and it were successful, then they'd have the other Gibson "Sprawl Trilogy" novels and short stories to use for another two seasons worth of material. Plus, maybe Gibson would help add in some new stuff and help them adapt it. He could work as a consulting producer or whatever the proper term for a position like that is called in the TV industry.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit, re: "Jennifer Tilly" was all you needed.

    by lv_426

    Bound in 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Actually, I wager that The Matrix trilogy is going to be the next high profile 3D-conversion to be released in the coming years. Then we'll get the Indiana Jones films, Pirates of the Caribbean, all the Batman films (at least Burton's and Nolan's), a bunch of the other 3D superhero films, and probably a few of the other well remembered and/or successful films from the past decade... Gladiator, 300, Fast and Furious films, etc... just for a few examples.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit

    by AsimovLives

    ""Jennifer Tilly" was all you needed." Excelent point, friend.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by AsimovLives

    I sdoubt there will be a 3D convertion of the nolan's batman movies, since Nolan detests the 3D technology, and sinc ehe and his wife are also the producers of those movies, which means they yeld a lot of power on them, i doubt we will ever get that so soon. And thank goodness for that. But Nolan loves Imax.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    300 in 3D!!! I would vomit!

    by AsimovLives

  • May 19, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    lv_426: You, sir, ARE A FUCKING GENIUS!!!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Bound," the unrated edition, in 3D... Someone just tell me what this will cost and I will spearhead (wink, wink) the fundraising effort. But seriously, yeah, the Indiana Jones movies have got to be next in line after the Star Wars group is completed.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    casting

    by Mike Connor

    Jackie Earle Haley for the Finn, and Mel Gibson for Armitage. Mel Gibson would never go for it, of course.

  • May 19, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    this will seem instantly dated

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    because Neuromancer has already been devoured, digested, and shat out by the pop culture beast over the last 30-odd years without acknowledgement. Something like the Singularity, old hat though it might be in the lit world could prove to be the next zeitgeist in sci-fi film. The utter strangeness and/or mysticism might make such films timeless. Or it could be a book-only sort of thing. Who knows. I mean, the whole idea seems like a response to how joe sixpack views new technologies (fascinated incomprehension). Apple basically reanimated it's corpse on this principle and is now committed to churning out sexy, intuitive devices because that's what people like. I read somewhere that Steve Jobs invoked Clarke's third law as a marketing slogan for the Ipad: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Which is pure bullshit on Apple's part because what's more lucrative than fulfilling a demand you created? This is why singularity movies could be gigantic. Frontends are now engineered to be cheery, protean, and yet, still somehow overwhelming (to a casual enduser)--so you're on the hook when the next one comes out or when something goes wrong. Lots of potential for subtext and analysis there. Apple, Google, and yes, even the perennial laggard Microsoft want us all to become casuals without even knowing it, which is what the singularity is all about. As a narrative device of course, which is all I think it will ever amount to. Wow, this has gotten kind of rambly, so I'll stop now.

  • May 19, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Re: Casting

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Mark my words, William Fitchner will be playing "Armitage". It's pretty much the same role he's been playing for his entire career. Joe Polito as "Finn". And dare I state the obvious, but Angelina Jolie for "Molly". Anne Hathaway, reprising her role from ALICE IN WONDERLAND as "3Jane". And probably one of those awful fucking TWILIGHT kids for "Case".

  • May 19, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Good to see the love for BOUND.

    by AsimovLives

  • May 19, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    soma_with_the_paintbox

    by lv_426

    The thing is, we are sort of living in a cyberpunk world right now with the internet, smart phones, social networking, military drone planes, the surreality of the 24 hour news cycle, and more realistic video games than could ever be imagined existing twenty years ago. To do Neuromancer or another Matrix or something similar, a filmmaker would have to sort of re-invent cyberpunk by taking some of the basic tropes and adding in current day concerns about the near future (climate change, energy and food shortages, etc.). Ironically, instead of the Japanese and Yakuza elements of early cyberpunk, a new 21st century take on cyberpunk could work in the rise of China in the global playground. Or how about a possibly democratically governed Middle East of the near future? You're right about the Singularity being an interesting niche of the sci-fi genre for films to take advantage of. Maybe a little too much for the average viewer to take in though.

  • May 19, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    forgot to add something

    by lv_426

    funnily enough, Altered Carbon is sort of a cyberpunk + singularity novel (or maybe transhumanist) all in one. I remember years back that Joel Silver bought the rights to Altered Carbon and was going to produce it, with the guy who made V for Vendetta with the Wachowski brothers in the director's chair.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Yes, good choice of director

    by Teddy Artery

    He can create certainly imbue a freakishly realistic vision of a sci-fi dystopia with a sense of realism.

  • May 19, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Re: Casting

    by Saracen1

    Angelina Jolie as Molly?! Hell fucking no.

  • "The film will be a Canadian-European co-production with principal photography occurring in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London." So this is a Canadian-European financed film? Not to say it will be bad because of that, but it sounds as if it could be a lower budget affair than what many of us were probably expecting. I suppose Neuromancers is still a bit too niche for a lot of the audience these days. Its been awhile since I've read Neuromancer, but as far as I remember, a good portion takes place in the US on the East Coast and in the south, as The Sprawl has connected the whole Atlantic Coast together into a big ass mega city. So they are gonna do the old Canada as a stand in for whatever US city they don't want to spend the money to film in. I wonder if they will just change it to be Canada instead of the US for those portions? To me that is kinda weird, as I now equate Canada as being so tied in with Battlestar Galactica's 12 colonies. We all know Vancouver is really Caprica City, right?

  • Probably something like Neurotrancer, as that is often what they do, just change one letter and they are good to go.

  • May 19, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    will King Crimson be sought for the soundtrack again?

    by awardgiver

    I doubt it, but that would've been sweet had that happened in the late 80's-early 90s.

  • May 19, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Imagery

    by Lummox JR

    I don't think imagery is the problem at all. Gibson's descriptions are actually fairly detailed, except where they don't need to be. Anything he does leave out can always be filled in from the culture he describes. There are two problems: One is conveying that which happens only in the nonspoken sections, as Case tries to make sense of the things he sees. The other is making the matrix make a little more sense so the actions going on there can be understood by the audience intuitively. Well I guess there's a third problem: The low- or zero-gravity sequences.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    That's too bad -- recall that Duncan Jones wanted

    by Dennis_Moore

    a shot at Neuromancer.

  • May 20, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Oh Fuck -

    by clever

    They'll totally cast Owen Wilson and fuck this.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    You fucking fraud, Asimov

    by Lost Jarv

    Splice was cinematic dogshit, and Nueromancer is not only the most overrated book I've read in a long time, but also one that has been splurged all over the screen in loads of other films. I can't think what Natali will do with this- but provided Don "Fat cunt" murphy has nothing to do with it, then it may be ok. But no surprise to see you frothing at the crotch over Natali. No surprise at all.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Jarv!

    by orcus

    Dude, wazzup?

  • May 20, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    lv_426

    by AsimovLives

    Terminator 3's budget was 90% from germany and france, and still they made a 160 million dollars movie. Don't asusme that just because the finance cames form Canada or Europe that the movie will be made on the cheap. It doesn't automatically make it so.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    lv_426

    by reaper28

    I can only dream that HBO or AMC would do a Neuromancer mini-series I've never read Game of Thrones or any of the True Blood books, but fuck me sideways both series' are 8 shades of awesome. The Walking Dead is pretty damn incredible too and is a perfect example of a mini-series that totally respects the source material. Especially with the success of The Walking Dead, I would have thought a series focused around the Sprawl trilogy and then maybe extending into more stories would have a real shot at getting made. Curious what the advertising revenues are like for GoT, TB and TWD ...

  • May 20, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    When THE MATRIX came out...

    by AsimovLives

    ... my thoughs were that now they wouldn't make a Neuromancer, not after this movie. I'm glad i am proved wrong. The news of the chosen director really made my day.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Vicenzo Natali should had directed THE ISLAND

    by AsimovLives

    That movie was so clearly a movie for him.

  • May 20, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Natali's interview about Neuromancer

    by HarveyManfrenjenson

    It struck me as kind of vapid and mindless. Really, he "doesn't know how people could have understood the book 15 years ago because it was so ahead of its time?" Please. It's a book about shared virtual reality and AI. I happen to think it's a very good book, but no serious fan of hard sci-fi would think that these were new and difficult concepts at the time. I also can't understand why he thinks "the ending needs to change"-- even if William Gibson apparently thinks so too. The ending of Neuromancer was brilliant. I'm a fan of Natali's-- Cube was great, I loved the fact that each character had a different theory about what the Cube was, and I loved the fact that the movie refused to explain the cube. I also think Cube Zero is a must-see (Hypercube, not so much... even the director was disappointed in it). I have no idea if Natali can direct a film on the scale of Neuromancer, though. Part of the charm of "Cube" was that it was practically a theater piece.

  • People said the same thing about Nolan when he was hired to direct Batman Begins. Didn't turned out too bad, did it? In some ways, i actually trust more this smaller scale directors who are going to make a big movie for the first time then most other directros who are veterans to the big game. The new turks usually bring a new vitality and a new sensebility to the big movies that is both refreshing and welcomed. Meanwhile the big time directors seem to end up very complacent and going through the motions.

  • May 20, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Cool, as long as it isn't shot in 3D.

    by Stalkeye

  • May 20, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Splice

    by Keith

    First two thirds pretty good, final third ridiculous. Almost walked out at some of the patently ludicrous decisions made by the characters.

  • May 21, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Now all we need is a proper Max Headroom movie

    by orcus

    20 Minutes into the future? Try 20 years. Orcus caught up on some old eps, eerily prescient