When it was announced last year that William Gibson’s landmark cyberpunk novel Neuromancer was finally being turned into a movie after like 20 years of development hell, I wasn’t all that pleased to hear that Joseph Kahn (Torque) would be at the helm. Still, now that I’ve had some time to ponder the situation a little more, I am willing to give him a shot. Believe it or not, a music video director is probably the ideal person to provide interesting visuals for a cerebral story like Neuromancer.
So now the casting rumour mill has started up, and according to JoBlo, Anakin Skywalker himself, Hayden Christensen, will star as the cynical yet gifted hacker Case. Although in the past I’ve complained about his performance in Star Wars: Episodes 2 and 3, I will readily admit that they could do a lot worse.
The other interesting tidbit that has come to light is the fact that the movie will be produced independently, but with an unusually large budget of $70 million. If anything, the fact that no major studios are involved is a great sign that they will be able to remain true to the book. Consider me cautiously optimistic. Alas the movie is still at least a year out… it’s currently being prepped for a 2009 release.