Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) has signed on to helm Fire Development Inc.’s adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. THR provides a nice one sentence plot synopsis for the book: “a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack.” Joseph Kahn (Torque) had been attached since early 2008 and as recently as Monday was telling the /Filmcast how he was still committed to the film and his plans for it. Not sure what happened in the last five days, but I’d listen to this week’s episode of /Filmcast After Dark to find out.
I think the best news is that if Natali’s been brought on board, it shows that the film may be moving out of development hell and it may get out even faster should Splice turn out to be a hit when it opens on June 4th.
Hit the jump for the Amazon review of the book.
Here’s the Amazon.com review of Neuromancer:
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….