'Attack the Block' Director Joe Cornish Adapting 'Snow Crash' Next

June 14, 2012
Source: Deadline

Snow Crash Book

Holy crap they're adapting Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash?! Time to go crazy—with excitement, honestly! Deadline is reporting that Paramount is developing the adaptation, and has been playing with the rights to it since it came out way back in 1992. Not only that, but the project is now back on the burner, with Joe Cornish—the British director coming off of the highly acclaimed sci-fi indie hit Attack the Block—attached to write and direct. Even better yet is who is producing, which just makes this some of the best damn news I've heard in a while. I don't care if it's another adaptation, this is one I've been waiting for, I say bring it on!

The report says that the project is now in development with the legendary Kathleen Kennedy (of War of the Worlds, Benjamin Button, Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln recently) and Kennedy/Marshall producing, backed by Paramount Pictures. "Kennedy introduced Cornish to the book, he committed and it is now back at Paramount and is a priority." Excellent. It has been hot industry buzz to see what Cornish is taking on next following Attack the Block, which was an impressive, kick ass feature debut for him. And following in the footsteps of breakout directors like Marc Webb and Gareth Edwards (on Godzilla), it's now Cornish's turn to take on a big, bold sci-fi adaptation and hopefully deliver something as awesome—if not more so—as Attack the Block. These are the only details so far, that Cornish will write & direct and is currently working.

Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash was published in 1992 and follows the character Hiro Protagonist in a future world where there's an internet-like virtual world called the Metaverse everyone plugs into. "In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse." (Synopsis via Amazon) In the Metaverse, Snow Crash is a drug that infects and kills its users in real life, and Hiro goes to investigate the mystery of this virtual virus.

Snow Crash is one of my all-time favorite books, I read it intensely when I was younger. I love the world Stephenson creates and how twisted and funky and futuristic the story is. From the moment I first got into it, I thought this would make for a fascinating, brilliant, exciting sci-fi movie. It has a few conventional action set pieces, but tons of visual ideas that would be amazing, including the Metaverse. There's a badass biker villain, and Hiro reminds me of Neo in a way, almost like Keanu Reeves (you never know?) could play him. I am very excited to see how this turns out and will be following all developments closely. Thoughts?

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This is one of my favorite stories of all time. PLEASE DO NOT FUCK THIS UP.

Mr. Jay on Jun 14, 2012


Wow, just seeing this news makes me want to read the book again. It's been awhile and I remember very little about other than I really enjoyed it.

Groov on Jun 14, 2012


Terrible choice of director. This will end in tears, someone with a tad more (read a lot more) talent should be directing this - I'm not so apposed with him adapting it but he should not be directing a movie of this importance!

Adam Roberts on Jun 14, 2012


Yes cause you know how much this man reads, have you even seen attack the block? the movie was made for 13 mil and it looks like a hundred mil movie easy, you need talent to be able to pull that off fool, there aren't too many directors that could pull that off right now

HazedMind on Jun 14, 2012


Yeah talent is directly linked to how much is spent versus how much is made. How could I forget? Sorry, statement retracted due to logic fail.

Adam Roberts on Jun 14, 2012


He didn't say it was how much spent versus how much is made. He said it was made for 13 mil, and it looks like it was made with at least 100 mil.

Charles Oosterhouse on Jun 14, 2012


I think this will be a struggle for any director but he is as good a choice as you will get.

Andy Stannard on Jun 15, 2012


And that sir is why people like Kathleen Kennedy are in charge.

dom on Jun 15, 2012


Loved the book, excited to hear it's going to film.

hawk99 on Jun 14, 2012


Awesome! Probably my all-time favourite sci-fi book, and its impressive that even 20 years on its vision of the future is still relevant (maybe more so than ever). As for Hiro, I immediately thought of John Cho

Warren Carroll on Jun 14, 2012


john cho is 40 years old. isnt hiro 20 something?

Jon Hyst on Jun 27, 2012


I just finished reading this book last month. Loved it. Don't think it will translate decently as a movie... unless they get a director with a vision and with style. That's the key to making this a success.

syntaxterror on Jun 14, 2012


oh man... i'm not sure how much of the coolness of the book can come out in a movie... i mean, the book explores glossolallia and the tower of babel as a firewall and all kinds of balls to the walls anthropological shit... anyway, as a cyberpunk book that reads like it's not filled with characters under heavy sedation and hallucenogenics, i have high hopes and have my fingers crossed.

jin choung on Jun 15, 2012


sound brilliant,Cornish is well able to do this,wasn't aware of the book but I want to read it now

tir na nog on Jun 15, 2012


I just think the book has too much going on in it. I hope its a good tranlation but they will have to cut BIG chunks out to get it onto film. Would love to see the cyberdog hypersonic disarming of people done in the film

Andy Stannard on Jun 15, 2012


This site should feature a "Summer Reading" list. I've been checking out books left and right for years thanks to posts like these: Bedbugs, Dark Places, On Stranger Tides, Killer Pizza, hell, even the miserable Hunger Games and now I'll be checking out "Snow Crash" next. Not to mention incredible comics relevant to posts for all the superhero posts on this site. Just an idea, I'd like to think I'm not the only movie nerd who also enjoys a good read. Just a thought. Thomas Tipp: People will read again!

Voice of Reason on Jun 15, 2012


I think its in Neal's forward for the book that his original intent was for this to be a comicbook but the artist fell through. That's why the story is so dynamic with very little exposition. So, I'm going to say this will very naturally make movie magic.

Timelord Tourist on Jun 15, 2012


Keanu is almost fifty years old....Waaaaaaaaay too goddamn old to play Hiro...

ryan on Jun 15, 2012


not only that, but (if I remember it correctly) Hiro is African American/Asian. And Keanu is already playing a 'halfbreed' in 47 Ronin, so he's been there done that. Aside from all this, I definitely thought of Neo when reading Snow Crash. Keanu could have played Hiro, just like Clint Eastwood could have played Roland Deschain, IF.

M. on Jun 16, 2012


I haven't read this, but it reminds me of caprica a lot! I'm guessing much was taken from this book as it predates Caprica by more than a decade..

Lando on Jun 15, 2012


Yes it does,I didn't get that at first,but similiar.

tir na nog on Jun 16, 2012


Either the new commenting system does not allow links, url's, or someone is asleep and not checking the posts 🙂 So, I'll repost, the fun part: Check out "CLANG" on Kickstarter, it's Neil's little project 🙂

David Banner on Jun 16, 2012



David Banner on Jun 16, 2012


Time to necro this thread: Has Kathleen Kennedy passed producing this movie as well, as she's moving all attention to Star Wars(she dropped JP4) ?

David Banner on Mar 28, 2013

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