[Cyberpunk] Deadpool Director to helm Neuromancer Movie

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[Cyberpunk] Deadpool Director to helm Neuromancer Movie

Post by Havard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:09 pm

Deadpool’ Director Tim Miller to Helm Cyberpunk Adaptation ‘Neuromancer’

While Tim Miller dropping out of directing Deadpool 2 was a pretty major bummer, the filmmaker seems to be doing just fine as he’s added another promising project to his docket. Per Deadline, Miller has signed on to direct the long-in-the-works adaptation of the 1986 William Gibson novel Neuromancer at 20th Century Fox. Moreover, he’ll be reteaming with Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg on the project.

Neuromancer offers plenty of visual potential for Miller, and the synopsis for the book is as follows:

Henry Dorsett Case was the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
When Miller exited Deadpool 2, Fox said it would make sure to find a new project to develop with Miller and his Blur Studios from the ground up, so here’s the studio making good on its promise. No writer has been set just yet, but this is an adaptation that’s been in the works for years—Joseph Kahn (Torque) was attached to direct back in 2008, and Vincenzo Natali (Splice) signed on after that. Given Miller’s VFX background, one imagines his vision for a cyberpunk sci-fi epic might be pretty incredible.

But this probably won’t be Miller’s next project. He’s currently hard at work developing a new Terminator reboot with Skydance’s David Ellison and James Cameron, who gets the domestic rights to the franchise back in 2018. The idea is to pull the trigger once those rights revert, with production aiming to start next spring. A writers room has been assembled to find the best way to approach a new Terminator movie, but Miller is attached to direct and this looks very much like it’ll be his next film. Although it’s nice to know he’s also developing Neuromancer at the same time, not to mention an adaptation of the Daniel Suarez novel Influx. Miller’s got plenty of irons in the fire.

Anyone else excited about this? :)


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Re: [Cyberpunk] Deadpool Director to helm Neuromancer Movie

Post by Cthulhudrew » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:01 pm

I'd love to see a Neuromancer movie, but I feel like it would have been done more justice back in the 80s. I just fear that the need studios have to make big, spectacular, blockbuster action-filled movies will result in this adaptation moving very far from the source material, and being practically unrecognizable. Neuromancer (and the entire Sprawl trilogy) is anything but an action movie, albeit there are a few action sequences in them. They are more cerebral, gritty, and moralistic, and I think that will get lost in the translation.

That said, they certainly can do more with the visuals nowadays than they could back then (particularly as respects Neuromancer, which has a lot of scenes that transpire within cyberspace). I think the relevance of the novels is even more poignant in today's era than it was back in the 80s. Sadly, there is no Kowloown Walled City to use to shoot in any longer- which would have been one of the best places (IMO) to shoot some of the scenes of the Sprawl.

I just reread that series again recently; still love it. Count Zero remains my favorite of the three. (Note: I see they got the publication date of Neuromancer wrong there; it was published in 1984, not '86. '86 was Count Zero.)
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