Latest rumors have it that actor is “mulling over” whether to sign on . . .

Neuromancer book coverThese reports could not be confirmed however. (An earlier report had it that Willis has already signed onto the project, but it later turned out the actor was simply busy reading the screenplay.)

Neuromancer is of course the seminal sci-fi 1984 novel by William Gibson which practically invented the term “cyberspace” long before the Internet was so much as a glint in Al Gore’s eye.

Of course the previous mainstream attempt to film a William Gibson book was the disastrous Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves back in 1995. (That project actually featured a screenplay by Gibson himself by the way.)

Neuromancer proved to be hugely influential and inspired the likes of anything from The Matrix movies to anime such as Ghost in the Shell not to mention lesser efforts such as Lawnmower Man.

Back then Gibson’s novel won all three major science awards, namely the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award, back then.

Here’s the plot according the jacket blurb:

Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway – jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way – and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance – and a cure – for a price . . .

The planned movie will be directed and written by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice).

 

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  • Muffboiler

    God please tell me that Chris Cunningham is still going to direct it…. GOD PLEASE

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