Splice Director Vincenzo Natali is Attached to 'Neuromancer'
by Ethan Anderton
May 7, 2010
It's been almost three years to the day since it was announced that Willam Gibson's bestselling sci-fi novel published in 1984, Neuromancer, was getting the big screen treatment. At the time, director Joseph Kahn was attached to helm the flick, but since the only thing we've heard about the project was a rumor involving Hayden Christensen joining the project more than two years ago, it seemed the adaptation was dead in the water. However, in some news about Canadian based productions, THR mentioned that Vincenzo Natali, who made waves at Sundance with his film Splice (being released this summer) will now be directing this.
They mentions Christensen's involvement when Kahn was attached, but no word on if he's still attached (I hope not). This is definitely a different move for Natali who is said to also be circling adaptations of Swamp Thing and High Rise as well. Neuromancer follows the story of Case, an out-of-work computer hacker hired by an unknown patron to participate in a seemingly impossible crime. The novel examines the concepts of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, multinational corporations that overpower the traditional nation-state, & cyberspace, long before these ideas became fashionable in our popular culture.
Sounds like this is a project right up Natali's alley after tackling controversial moral issues such as genetic engineering and cloning in Splice. In January, Brandon had the opportunity to see Splice at Sundance and he called the film, "horrifying, mesmerizing, and always spine-tingling," so it sounds like Natali certainly has a bright future ahead of him. We'll just have to see if audiences are as creeped out and captivated by his work when Splice hits theaters during the busy summer. Fans of Neuromancer like the sound of this?