31 Jul

Neuromancer. I guess it’s actually happening.

Posted by Bryan White | Thursday July 31, 2008 | News

Boy, I was pretty sure that this was a sci-fi flick that would never happen.  Last I knew, slick-ass music video director, Chris Cunningham, had his hands on this and given his track record for really fucking trippy music videos (Bjork, Aphex Twin, Leftfield), I thought something cool might actually come of it but then it went off the radar and I thought that was it.

For the uninitiated, Neuromancer is, for my money, the premier cyberpunk novel.  For me it was the rite of passage that led me to Bruce Sterling and, later on, Neil Stephenson (whose novel Snow Crash may be the greatest cyberpunk novel ever).  It’s flawed as fuck and as much as I like it and William Gibson, Gibson has a tendency to build and build and build and then resolve everything in twenty or thirty pages.  It drives me crazy.  But I digress.

Based on William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk novel, Hayden Christensen stars as Cage, a petty future Tokyo thief whose trade is jacking his brain directly into computer systems. When this skill is taken away from him, it seems his life is destined to end in an explosion of violence and drugs… until the mysterious Armitage offers redemption – at a price. Revelation follows revelation as Cage discovers that no one is in control of his or her own destiny and a new form of sentient technology is taking over. It’s down to Cage to face Neuromancer and do something he never has before: make the right choice.

Maybe it’s a misprint but the protagonist of the novel is named Case.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this book is interpreted, too.  It’s a fantastic story full of incredibly cool ideas and it’s the sort of setting that visual effects designers dream of.  Everything is either slick and slightly ahead of the tech curve or dingy, shitty and slightly out of date.  Chiba City was directly inspired by the cramped but visually rich sets from Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner.

For all my optimism, the director is Joseph Kahn who has directed nothing but music videos.  His only feature credit is Torque which I never saw but was described to me as a 90 minute ad for Mountain Dew.The poster may, in fact, turn out to be the best part of the movie.

Click the image for a better look at the already incredibly sweet poster.

4 Comments 

  1. August 10, 2008 3:21 pm

    Nathan Rand

    Hayden Christensen is terrible, so I really don’t have high hopes for this one. Giving this guy a lead role in your movie is akin to allowing Ted Bundy to date your daughter.

  2. August 11, 2008 11:11 am

    giania

    I really enjoyed Neuromancer, and pretty much every Gibson novel or story I’ve read thus far. I am therefore extremely anxious about this project. There are a lot of ways they could ruin it that could outweigh the potential for awesome.

    Most notably so far in the negative: Hayden Christensen couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag with a laser-sharpened tanto, explicit instructions, and a team of people directing him every step of the way. Did i mention he doesn’t really impress me much?

    The fact that they printed the name as Cage twice rings alarm bells also. Seems unlikely to be a misprint twice, and if they’re willing to take liberties (albeit small ones) with the main character’s name then I fear for the remainder of the tale.

  3. August 14, 2008 1:05 am

    Liz

    I read a lot, and Neuromancer is my all time favorite work of fiction. I love William Gibson’s writing, the images he conveys. I have three biirds: one named Case, one named Molly and one named Dixie Flatline. My ecpectations for this film, along with those of many, many others are going to be very high! Speaking of Ridley Scott, I wish he were directing it. Does anybody have an inkling who will be playing Molly?

  4. August 14, 2008 11:54 am

    Lurple

    Hayden Christensen? Why would you hire him to play this part? You hate sci-fi fans and just want to see them bitching on the internet?

    I actually prefer some of Gibson’s other books, but there’s no doubt that Neuromancer is seminal piece of fiction that helped shape a genre. It would be pretty tough to treat it with the respect it deserves as a movie, and this announcement makes it look like they’re not even going to bother trying.


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