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Neuromancer Movie In Your Future?

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the believe-it-when-they-shoot-it dept.

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An anonymous reader pointed out a link talking about how Vincenzo Natali, writer/director of Splice, has written a screenplay for Neuromancer. The article says he even ran it by Gibson. No studio is attached to the project, but at least Natali promised "No Keanu."

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This story is a repeat... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349556)

...from every year that Slashdot has been in existence.

Re:This story is a repeat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349640)

It's what keeps me going every year.

Re:This story is a repeat... (1)

dskzero (960168) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349704)

They *will* eventually make one. I mean, they made one from "Where the Wild Things are", which is one of the most bizarre movies I have ever seen. Neuromancer has a lot more to make a movie than that.

Way too late! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349910)

The problem is, "Neuromancer" was cutting edge in 1984. If they had made it into a movie within 10 years, they might have had a shot at succeeding, but now cyberpunk is mainstream and all the ideas that were new and different in Neuromancer have become cliché thanks to other films and TV shows introducing it in piecemeal fashion.

"Durr" has it right farther down the thread - "Neuromancer: The Movie" will look like it's just following in the footsteps of dated crappy cyberpunkish movies.

Re:This story is a repeat... (2, Funny)

Bugamn (1769722) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350028)

I'll watch it while playing Duke Nuken Forever.

Re:This story is a repeat... (2, Insightful)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350224)

They will make it and I will not watch it.. Hollywood has managed to ruin every old movie and TV show from my childhood and they are NOT going to start with one of my favorite books and take Neuromancer away from me.

Re:This story is a repeat... (1)

dskzero (960168) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350302)

Don't be silly, you'll watch it and hate it just like when you watched Johnny Mnemonic and stood in awe as Dolph Lungren proceeded to religiously destroy your faith in film industry.

BTW, I want room service.

Re:This story is a repeat... (5, Informative)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349754)

I thought you were being silly at first, so I searched "neuromancer movie" and look what I found [slashdot.org] . That is from over a decade ago.

Re:This story is a repeat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349960)

Whats really cool, is that site is still 'coming soon'!!! I

Re:This story is a repeat... (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350046)

Nice. Why is everybody an AC in that thread? I thought they had accounts by that point in /.'s history.

Re:This story is a repeat... (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350098)

They're all dead and /. doesn't want that bad things are said about them.

Re:This story is a repeat... (2, Insightful)

WhiteDragon (4556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350124)

Nice. Why is everybody an AC in that thread? I thought they had accounts by that point in /.'s history.

http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=666&cid=1777841 [slashdot.org]

looks like jwz [wikipedia.org] had the second comment...

Re:This story is a repeat... (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350298)

I observed the same. Seems to me the comments are all ordered by uid (and not timestamp), and AC comes first in the sort order?

Re:This story is a repeat... (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349836)

Yeah, well, this is the year that Neuromancer will rule the desktop in Soviet Russia! So there! Profit!

#1!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349560)

srsly, who cares?

Re:#1!!!! (1)

durrr (1316311) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349650)

Everyone who liked the book and now will have a potentially mainstreamlined disaster film version shoved down their throat, that's who will care.
Me:"I like Neuromancer!"
*STHNRABITEL:"Oh, that shitty scifi movie from last year?"
Me: [have a seizure from cerebral hemorrhage]

* Someone that have not read a book in their entire life.

Re:#1!!!! (5, Funny)

Bigjeff5 (1143585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349710)

*STHNRABITEL...

* Someone that have not read a book in their entire life.

The first thing I thought was "Damn, someone really resented having a kid."

Re:#1!!!! (5, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349822)

*STHNRABITEL...

The first thing I thought was "Damn, someone really resented having a kid."

My first thought was "I guess all the good names for phone companies were already taken."

If they switched the second and third letters around their logo could be a rabbit sitting down and reading a newspaper.

Re:#1!!!! (2)

thms (1339227) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349880)

Not just mainstreamlined but also compressed into less than two hours. So you get a version which cuts out half the important bits or leaves non-readers with a half baked experience.

I hope for more Science Fiction in series format, though hopefully one with a pre-written story arch and not one which meanders around for half the time like BSG (or, as I have heard, Lost) to make more money at the expense of sense. Digital distribution without the backing of a TV station but instead costing $1 or $2 per episode plus "sponsored by" advertisement might just make it feasible.

Or maybe distribute obligatory reading material (~2-3 pages) before the viewing so you can build a more complex tale on top of that without having the need for characters to repeat (for them) unbelievably obvious facts and still lose half the viewers.

Re:#1!!!! (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350016)

Not just mainstreamlined but also compressed into less than two hours. So you get a version which cuts out half the important bits or leaves non-readers with a half baked experience.

Just like Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

Re:#1!!!! (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350082)

Not just mainstreamlined but also compressed into less than two hours.

My first thought was, would they try to split it between two or three movies? It's the Neuromancer Trilogy! Mainstreamlined and expanded into nine hours... and just wait for the DVD extras.

Re:#1!!!! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350036)

I feel your pain.

I honestly loved Dune. Only that for me this means, the movie enthusiasts AND the computer game geeks turn up their collective noses at me.

Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349584)

Sopssa is a troll. Remember it moderators.

Re:Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349608)

Sopssa is a troll. Remember it moderators.

True. but this story isn't about microsoft so i doubt he'll rear his ugly nigger face

Re:Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349848)

Agreed, this AC's kind warning was more in place in the Bill Joy article.

Keep it up brave AC! The world must never forget (that sopssa is a worthless cunt)!

Re:Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349864)

Sopssa is a troll. Remember it moderators.

True. but this story isn't about microsoft so i doubt he'll rear his ugly nigger face

It doesn't have to be about Microsoft, he's also quick to show up and attack Microsoft's foes [slashdot.org] .

Gibson! (2, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349630)

The article says he even ran it by Gibson.

Having a guitar play Henry would be pretty awesome.

Keanu (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349636)

Do not try and appreciate the acting in the Matrix. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth: there IS no Keanu Reeves. He's a computer generated graphic.

Re:Keanu (1)

WhiteDragon (4556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349734)

Do not try and appreciate the acting in the Matrix. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth: there IS no Keanu Reeves. He's a computer generated graphic.

but of course Johnny Mnemonic would be the Gibson film with Keanu in it.

Re:Keanu (2, Insightful)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349760)

And Johnny Mnemonic really wasn't all that bad.

Doesn't match the source material all that well, but that's hardly Keanu's fault.

Re:Keanu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349826)

>> And Johnny Mnemonic really wasn't all that bad.

Johnny Mnemonic the film, not Johnny Mnemonic the breakfast cereal.

Re:Keanu (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349916)

The horrible acting, however, was.

Dear Lord (1)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350000)

Speaking of horrible acting, PLEASE NO HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN!!!

The guy absolutely ruined Darth Vader (and Star Wars)

Re:Dear Lord (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350394)

I don't think it's entirely fair to blame him for that. George Lucas deserves at least some of it...

Re:Dear Lord (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350414)

I never understood why people whined about the whole Anakin Skywalker thing - sure, he was pretty wooden and stiff in Episodes 2 and 3. But he's playing a PSYCHOPATH with nigh-unlimited magical powers pretending that he's doesn't just want to kill everyone he sees; "emotionally uninvolved" is probably a good way to describe the character's mental state...

Re:Dear Lord (1)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350564)

Emotionally uninvolved? Sure. Whiny bitch? No. Go back and watch the scenes where he bitches about not being on the council, not getting respect, being held back. The ideal way to play it would have been less whiny, more seething rage. What kills me is I've seen Hayden in other roles, and he can sort of act.

Also, personally, I thought that Keanu in Johnny Mnemonic was okay. It wasn't exactly a high budget film, and his acting was way beyond anyone else in the movie. Except maybe Jones.

Blame where blame is due... (2, Insightful)

butterflysrage (1066514) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350472)

Let's be clear... LUCAS ruined it. He did a great job when he was just ripping off Norse myth (and didn't even bother to change most of the names, Luke, Leia, Anakin, Skywalker, Tatooine... all right out of the original Norse), but when he had to actually make up his own content you got Midi-chlorians ...

Watch Jumpers, Christensen did a very good job in that.

Re:Keanu (1)

MrTripps (1306469) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350006)

"I WANT ROOM SERVICE!" was the "woah!" of Johnny Mnemonic.

Re:Keanu (2, Informative)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350132)

According to cannon, Johnny was assassinated before Case came along, so Keanu shouldn't be in it anyway. But that leaves us with an unpalatable Dina Meyer as Molly (or Jane as she was known in the movie). I think I'll lie down now.

Re:Keanu (4, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350382)

According to cannon...

Personally, I only trust howitzer for original source material.

Re:Keanu (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350304)

I have a soft spot for Johnny Mnemonic since a) much of it is set in Newark NJ (with location shots!) and b) it co-stars Henry Rollins and Ice Cube.

.

Re:Keanu (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350508)

>And Johnny Mnemonic really wasn't all that bad.

I thought it was, and I dont blame the production or the actors. The source material, frankly, is more fantasy than sci-fi. Gibson weaves a good tale, but with a lot of silliness and his stories have as much to do with fashion and hipster attitudes than technology. Generally, people think Neuromancer is unfilmable. Not me. I just think a sincere attempt to make it a film would produce something closer to "Hackers" than "Schindler's List."

Re:Keanu (1)

Bigjeff5 (1143585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349788)

For what it's worth, I really liked the first one. It was an amazing story, and Reeves' unique dumber-than-brick acting style really worked, lent the role an intense cluelessness that was perfect. Once Neo knows what he's doing though, the dumber-than-brick style of Reeves' just doesn't work. It just means Neo is a dumb fuck. As such, the second was only watchable for the fight scenes, and the third was just plain terrible. Even the fight scenes weren't that good.

Re:Keanu (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349854)

For what it's worth, I really liked the first one. It was an amazing story, and Reeves' unique dumber-than-brick acting style really worked, lent the role an intense cluelessness that was perfect. Once Neo knows what he's doing though, the dumber-than-brick style of Reeves' just doesn't work. It just means Neo is a dumb fuck. As such, the second was only watchable for the fight scenes, and the third was just plain terrible. Even the fight scenes weren't that good.

[insert the same tired xkcd joke about there only being one Matrix movie here]

[insert instant +5 Funny here]

Re:Keanu (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350372)

The best role I've ever seen Keanu in was "A Walk In The Clouds"; he actually did an okay job. The role was made for him: it's about a guy who does a poor job of acting (in this case, of acting like he's the father of a child that isn't his). His natural lack of acting talent just comes across as the character having a lack of acting talent.

Re:Keanu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349866)

Pretty sure the Keanu mention was a reference to his performance in the Gibson-based "Johnny Mnemonic" movie, not to the Matrix.

Neuromancer is a great book if it's before 1998 and you're in seventh grade. But apart from a sexy action-chick/former prostitute with razors for fingernails and mirrored sunglasses embedded in her eye sockets, the book has literally nothing else going for it.

But if you can find the audiobook version of it, where it's read by Gibson himself, absolutely go for it. Gibson's voice is so shockingly and gratingly pinched that it sounds like Professor Frink narrating a wet dream he had.

Re:Keanu (2, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350426)

Neuromancer is a great book if it's before 1998 and you're in seventh grade.

I wondered if that was just me. I grabbed a copy of Neuromancer about a year ago to see what the fuss was about. Boring characters, almost no plot, and incredibly dated or ludicrous technology. Presumably if you read it in the '80s the technology it described was forward-looking and exciting, but now it doesn't even have that as a redeeming feature.

Re:Keanu (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349900)

Don't be mean. He's a passable actor as long as you keep him in the correct characters.

I suggest:

- Robot from space.
- Tree.
- Brick.
- Guy in carbonite block (just spray him black)

Re:Keanu (3, Funny)

torgis (840592) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350044)

Don't be mean. He's a passable actor as long as you keep him in the correct characters.

I suggest:

- Robot from space.
- Tree.
- Brick.
- Guy in carbonite block (just spray him black)
- Ted "Theodore" Logan

There, fixed that for ya.

Re:Keanu (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350214)

Excellent.

Re:Keanu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349936)

Your attempt at humor needs work.

Keanu was fine as Johnny Mnemonic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349646)

Not every character in every story is Jesus Rambo.

Johnny Mnemonic was not supposed to be the second coming.

Case is no paragon either.

Re:Keanu was fine as Johnny Mnemonic (1)

torgis (840592) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350420)

Jesus Rambo? I love that guy!

Splice? (2, Informative)

Bjrn (4836) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349690)

I have seen some of Vincenzo Natali's previous movies; Cube (very original), Cypher (cool SF thriller) and Nothing (funny and absurd fantasy). He is definitely an interesting director. But I have never heard of Splice. Is it worth tracking down a DVD of Splice?

Re:Splice? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349732)

It's still not even out in theaters (at least in the U.S.). They've been advertising it pretty heavily here, though.

Re:Splice? (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349736)

I have seen some of Vincenzo Natali's previous movies; Cube (very original), Cypher (cool SF thriller) and Nothing (funny and absurd fantasy). He is definitely an interesting director. But I have never heard of Splice. Is it worth tracking down a DVD of Splice?

Splice [imdb.com] is a relatively new movie that I've seen floating around the interwebs lately. It looks very interesting. Haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of it yet though.

Re:Splice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349742)

splice is coming out to theaters soon, in America anyway.

Re:Splice? (1)

j.sanchez1 (1030764) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349772)

Splice comes out June 4th. IMDB [imdb.com]

Looks like some good torrents are out already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349890)

Splice comes out June 4th.

Cool. Know any goot torrents of the film?

Ah, here [google.com] ya go.

Re:Splice? (2, Informative)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350096)

I have seen some of Vincenzo Natali's previous movies; Cube (very original), Cypher (cool SF thriller) and Nothing (funny and absurd fantasy). He is definitely an interesting director. But I have never heard of Splice. Is it worth tracking down a DVD of Splice?

1- It's coming out in theaters soon, so I wouldn't try to find the DVD yet.

2- It seems to be EXACTLY the same movie as "Species". I can only hope they have as much T&A.

How will they do the zero-G scenes? (1)

whitroth (9367) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349692)

Oh, I know, they'll pay $200M to the Russians to take the actors and cameramen to the ISS.

Too bad we didn't finalize and build a follow on to the Shuttle 15 years ago.

                mark

Re:How will they do the zero-G scenes? (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349904)

Yeah, just like how they had to film Apollo 13.

Oh wait, no not at all like that. Do you seriously think that every time someone makes a movie with zero-g scenes they have to blast everyone into space?

Re:How will they do the zero-G scenes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350402)

Hell, Firefly had better space scenes than any movie I've seen. And that was a relatively inexpensive TV series.

Re:How will they do the zero-G scenes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350032)

Basic physics fail. You don't need to go into outer space to simulate zero-g. How do you think they did it for Apollo 13? Hint: plane+parabolic arc.

Re:How will they do the zero-G scenes? (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350056)

I bet they'll cut some zero-G scenes but not for technical reasons : remember that they first get there to meet some stoned rastas.

Re:How will they do the zero-G scenes? (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350454)

What I want to know is, will they be getting Robert Silverberg to write the promotional novel, too? I think the movie poster will look something like this:

"Vincenzo Natali's adaptaton of William Gibson's novel will be as good or perhaps better than the original novel itself. I am looking forward to watching it soon in a theater and may even bring my kids. Most likely I will purchase popcorn and a large diet soda."
--Robert Silverberg

Will there be floppy disks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349714)

If someone saves the world using a floppy disk, I want to see it.

I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349748)

Unless of course, he plays the voice of the AI, which would be an entertaining twist.

Re:I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349994)

I can't really see Keanu as having an airy sing-song voice like Wintermute was suppose to have (IIRC) I think they need one of those old mechanical speech synthesizers they built in the 1800s.

Re:I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350122)

True, Keanu might not have the range to play a disembodied computer voice. Ahhh-nold, perhaps?

Re:I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350004)

Wouldn't that make the AI ... dunno, a bit too inhuman, sterile and emotionless?

Re:I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

AkumaKuruma (879423) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350010)

good thing the character that Keanu played in Johnny Mnemonic doesnt exist in neuromancer then.

Re:I am for any Keanu Free version... (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350170)

Johnny was mentioned (by Molly). Placing the events of Neuromancer after the events of Johnny Mnemonic.

Yeah, tell me about it, buddy (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349778)

Good for you, pal. I've been writing Phillip K. Dick screenplay adaptations for years, and that sonofabitch has YET to approve even ONE of them!

I'd like to point out (2, Informative)

silentbrad (1488951) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349782)

that Vincenzo Natali is also the writer/director of Cube, an awesome move. Whereas Splice doesn't exactly look like it's going to be winning any awards (according to imdb, Cube won 13 [imdb.com] ).

The important thing is (4, Funny)

Herkum01 (592704) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349794)

at least Natali promised 'No Keanu'.

EXCELLENT!!! *Air Guitar plays in the background*

Re:The important thing is (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349856)

Wooh!

Re:The important thing is (3, Interesting)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349912)

I'm more worried about who plays Molly.

Keanu is too old to make a convincing Case.

Wyld Stallyns!!!!!!!! (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349938)

at least Natali promised 'No Keanu'.

EXCELLENT!!! *Air Guitar plays in the background*

Wyld Stallyns!!!!!!! totally awesome man!

Re:The important thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350264)

at least Natali promised 'No Keanu'.

EXCELLENT!!! *Air Guitar plays in the background*

When an air guitar plays in the background what does it sound like?

Haters - No Keanu? (4, Funny)

kindbud (90044) | more than 4 years ago | (#32349894)

Instead, the role of Case will be played by Ben Affleck. Whoah!

That's what hating on Keanu gets you.

Re:Haters - No Keanu? (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350284)

Instead, the role of Case will be played by Ben Affleck.

Really? I heard it was going to be Will Smith.

Re:Haters - No Keanu? (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350400)

Now now. Will Smith acts in many bad movies (and a few good ones), but he isn't a bad actor in general. Ben Affleck and Keanu Reeves are a totally different story.

Re:Haters - No Keanu? (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350556)

Your .sig is brilliant.

This is wholly off topic, but it had to be said.

Re:Haters - No Keanu? (1)

wilder_card (774631) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350436)

Ben Affleck is a much better actor than Reeves. Of course, so's the guy who told me he needed $5 for gas so he could drive his car back home...
I seriously think Johnny Mnemonic would have been pretty good if we didn't have to watch Reeves trying to show emotion. That was painful.

Why would The Matrix stop anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349906)

They talk about The Matrix being a more of a detriment to the making of more of these types movies. For me, The Matrix went downhill as soon as the reality behind the simulation was revealed. And after that point The Matrix devolved into a series of arbitrary rules that merely served as a framework for standard-issue last minute escapes and virtual fruit-cart tipping.

The Matrix doesn't kill the future for cyberspace movies, it only makes me long for a more satisfying version.

Vincenzo Natali (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349924)

Writer/director Vincenzo Natali is responsible for several other SF-related films aside from the aforementioned Splice. most notably the cult classic Cube.

This fP for GNAVA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32349932)

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Re:This fP for GNAVA (1)

torgis (840592) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350092)

Dude, you took the words right out of my mouth.

Approval by Gibson? (4, Insightful)

AceJohnny (253840) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350018)

The article says he even ran it by Gibson.

It does not, however, say that Gibson approved it.

Natali's interview (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350172)

Found this using google search: http://www.cinematical.com/2010/05/25/interview-vincenzo-natali-explains-how-to-crack-neuromancer/

Cinematical: What do you think is the key to cracking it for the big screen?

Natali: I think it always comes down to character. I think it's about understanding who Case is and getting his story down. I've read other drafts of the script and they've had good things in them, but they never seem to hold together. And I think part of the problem, and I believe William Gibson would agree with this, but the ending is, shall we say... somewhat ambiguous and not that well defined. In thinking about how I wanted to make the movie version of that book work, I had to start with the end, figure that out first and work backwards from there.

My take on it really is a story of redemption. Case, as a classic noir hero in a sense, is someone who at first appears to be completely in it for himself. He plumbs the depths of the cybernetic underworld and then comes out and reveals that there is more to him than we first thought. It all starts with him.

But I also think you can be quite faithful to the book. I think the movie can and should have a kind of literary structure to it, it shouldn't be a traditional film structure. I think we can have moments where we go into the past and digress. I'm sure one of the issues other writers have faced in writing the adaptation is that there's so much detail that you can get lost in it. I think you have to hone it down a little bit but also allow yourself to flashback to the Screaming Fist or tell Molly's story; just have a chapter in the movie that goes into the past. I think audiences are more than sophisticated enough to handle that.

That actually excites me, I like the idea of having it being a science fiction film but also having more of a highbrow structure to it.

So who owns Molly? (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350276)

The last time I check someone else owned the rights to Molly Millions, not Gibson (ie. Johnny Mnemonic's female protagonist an aptly named, "Jane"). Seems like a bad foot to start on.

Hmmm (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350286)

I'm ok with this as long as Michael Bay and George Lucas have nothing to do with it.

Neuromancer still hedges on old ideas (5, Interesting)

netsavior (627338) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350352)

The problem with Neuromancer is that a lot of the scenery and the backdrop itself is based on a pre-Tokyo exchange crash economy, in which everyone just assumed Japan would rule the world soon(ish). The whole feel of the story would be lost, I think now that the parts that could, have already come true, and the parts that haven't come true never will.

Snowcrash has a much better shot, since it pretty much assumed corporations (masquerading around as governments, churches, and media companies) will eventually take over everything. The backdrop still works.

Stephenson's Metaverse is a candied playground populated by everyone, ruled by the technological elite and the corporations who hire them, a safe place to which we see the very first danger unleashed. Gibson's cyberspace is a wild frontier rife with danger, populated exclusively by the technological elite cowboys, who risk life and sanity every day. In the modern real life, Internet access is pervasive and a wide audience will accept "OMG this thing we all do IS dangerous, people could get a computer virus!!!" but you will find a hard sell on "you know that cool web-surfing thing, well these guys nearly die doing it, and that is why they are badass, and Case, well, he almost dies a lot." huh???

Everything ever published has a screenplay written (3, Insightful)

Sir Realist (1391555) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350376)

Everything ever published has at least one screenplay based on it.

Seriously. If there aren't half a dozen screenplays floating around Hollywood based on the grafitti at Central Station, I'll eat my socks. Its not worth fussing over. The fact the the movie rights to something have been bought is equally unworthy of notice; they regularly buy up rights to things that might possibly one day seem like a good idea, or even just buy up the rights to things that they think would compete against something they have in production, just to keep someone else from using it.

Now when you hear that they've hired some cameramen and actors and are starting production, _then_ you can get excited (or horrified, or whatever your reaction to hearing that one of your favorite tales is about to be Hollywoodized is.)

Movie fantasy (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350450)

In my Neuromancer movie fantasy, it's anime (even if it's not made in Japan), with Daniel Clowes [fantagraphics.com] in charge of character design.

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get the DP from Narc (1)

waambulance (1766146) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350458)

i dont want some super-serious "oscar" contender with a pedigree. i want the 'tude. it should be scrappy. half of the enjoyment of film should be its "look". eye-candy all the way. i dont care if its written badly, acted badly, or whatever. as long is it LOOKS SWEET. the book was never about the dialogue or the "plot". it was always about the 'tude. in the writing. in the characters. in the plot. etc. that 'tude should permeate through the entire film.

"No Keanu" (3, Funny)

ProteusQ (665382) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350460)

Woah!

Written a screenplay??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350558)

Wait, hadn't Gibson already written a screenplay for Neuromancer. Last I had heard he was waiting for technology to catch up to his vision.

ambivalent (1)

clustro (1811836) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350566)

Hollywood will probably do an unbelievably shitty job. It will just be like all the other drivel they make - dumbed down for the masses, filled with fake-looking CG special effects, and T&A.
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