The film adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal sci-fi novel Neuromancer has come very close to death over the past several years. At one point, Torque director Joseph Kahn was attached to helm the flick, but then news on the project went silent, and eventually Kahn walked away. He was then replaced by Vincenzo Natali (Splice), but when Splice tanked at the box office, it looked like the project was dead again. But thankfully, the film lives with Natali still at the helm. AICN reports that the rights have been sold off at Cannes and distributors have been secured. Seven Arts Pictures COO Kate Hoffman adds that principal photography will take place in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London, visual effects work has already begun, and that the production is eyeing a first quarter 2012 start date.
Hit the jump for a refresher on what Natali had to say about his take on the project.
Here’s what Natali said last May about his approach to the material:
Splice is about evolving our bodies. Neuromancer is about evolving our minds, and how we’re going to merge and interact with machine consciousnesses in the future. Which I also think is inevitable, and I don’t think The Matrix begins or even attempts to go into that territory. In fact The Matrix, in some respects is like a Philip K. Dick book, it’s really about what is real. And Neuromancer flirts with that, but I think it’s more about our evolution. It’s also tonally much more realistic. The Matrix which I really liked, is a movie that’s very much based in comic-book reality, and kind of relishes in it. Whereas my approach to Neuromancer would be to treat it quite realistically.
You can also click here for Natali’s interview with Steve where he talked about the project. Here’s a synopsis of the novel:
Here is the novel that started it all, launching the cyberpunk generation, and the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace–and science fiction has never been the same.
Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way–and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance–and a cure–for a price…. [Amazon]