Vincenzo Natali to Direct Neuromancer Movie


Well this is kind of weird. Buried in the middle of a news story about Jason Priestley’s next directorial effort Mud Puppy is the announcement that Splice director Vincenzo Natali has apparently taken over the reins on the upcoming adaptation of William Gibson’s classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. Seriously, what’s the bigger story here? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joseph Kahn (Torque) is now off the project and has been replaced by Natali, although it remains to be seen if Hayden Christensen is still signed on for the lead role.

Either way, this is good news for a project that has basically been stuck in development hell for decades. It’s pretty awesome that Natali seems to be getting so many opportunities dropped in his lap thanks to Splice, and it only makes me even more eager to see it. His earlier films Cube and Cypher seem like good preparation for Neuromancer, and coincidentally, Natali previously worked as a storyboard artist on Johnny Mnemonic, the 1995 adaptation of a William Gibson short story. Natali also recently signed on to direct a movie based on the children’s book Tunnels, and was rumoured to be circling Swamp Thing and J.G. Ballard’s High Rise. Clearly the man is in high demand right now, and I can’t wait to see what he does with Neuromancer.

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  • Werner

    The book is quite dated. I wonder if the technology of Neuromancer will be updated or if they dare to make a sci-fi movie as envisioned back in the 80’s.
    Either way the Neuromancer world could be great on screen.

  • projectgenesis

    Werner’s right the book if definitely dated but could work if they retool the technology a little. Gibson has stated Escape From NY as a structural influence on Neuromancer so from that standpoint it could be a cool movie. I’m only worry about the visuals for the Molly character, she could turn into Ultra Violet and that’s no good.

  • Trey

    I think after seeing “Inception” the only director for a Gibson franchise, especially Neuromancer is Chris Nolan. This is a film that can be easily ruined by overproduction, and my feeling is Nolan can give it the urgency without making it seem like he’s trying too hard to be cool.

  • Trey

    I’m curious what technology is dated? Forms of conscious IA roaming the internet? Orbiting habitats? Arcologies, domed cities? Sim Stim?

  • Steve Doherty

    I really hope this goes ahead – I loved the book in my teens, and think it could be a great film adaptation. Today’s CGI could bring cyberspace to life, and the hacking would be just plain cool!

  • twallcx

    hmm, even if the book was dated, most of its technology isn’t, i mean, some minor things can be retooled, but MAN i hope they don’t ruin this

  • BB

    This book dated? You must be reading a different book a lot of the science and tech predicted in this book is still in the realms of science fiction. This book is my all time favorite book it’s and amazing story. I worry that any movie won’t be able to do it justice. I read Christian Heydenson and the girl out of the girl with the dragon tatoo are cast for it I hope they’re not neither ‘feel’ right for the roles.

    I hope it’s awesome I love it.