Vincenzo Natali Confirmed to Direct Neuromancer Adaptation
Seven Arts Pictures released a press release (via Quiet Earth) today officially announcing that filmmaker Vincenzo Natali will be directing their upcoming adaptation of William Gibson's seminal science fiction novel Neuromancer. It was first revealed a couple of weeks ago that Natali was the latest to step into the director's chair after Joseph Kahn (Torque) had developed a version of the film for a few years, apparently with Hayden Christensen attached. This new version is set to go into pre-production early next year up in Toronto, but we don't know how soon it will start shooting, since I'm guessing it has a very long way to go.
No word on budget, but Prodigy Pictures is financing and producing in conjunction with Telefilm Canada. Seven Arts sees Neuromancer as part of a potential multi film series, as many of Gibson's sci-fi novels have yet to be adapted to the big screen. "After seeing [Vincenzo's] work, especially his cutting edge use of effects with Splice, we feel that he has both the story telling ability and the command of the visual medium to give this film the treatment it deserves. In Vincenzo's hands we think Neuromancer will realize William Gibson's extraordinary vision of the future while being a big draw at the box office," says Peter Hoffman.
Neuromancer is the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. Although this is just a rehash of the original news from last month, since it was pretty much already confirmed then, I want to gauge everyone's interest now that Splice has been released. That movie has been polarizing readers and I'm curious if people are still excited to see Natali take on Neuromancer. I know I am, as I'm still a big fan of Natali, and I think he'll do a great job with this. What do you think?