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Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the fingers-crossed dept.

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SomePgmr tips this quote from Geek.com: "Fans of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash have reason to rejoice today, as it's been announced that the film adaptation of Neal Stephenson's classic has been revived once again, this time with an exciting writer and director at the helm in the form of Joe Cornish. Cornish is known for his recent sci-fi alien invasion flick Attack the Block, which was filmed and released in the UK by the same studio that put out Shaun of the Dead. Cornish's first film came to the U.S. in a limited release in 2011 and did well enough that Paramount took notice and pursued Cornish for the Snow Crash project."

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Let's just hope (1)

taktoa (1995544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337703)

this doesn't crash and burn

Re:Let's just hope (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338613)

Let's hope it isn't anything like the second and third matrix movies. And not very much like the original Matrix either, which actually kind of sucked in many respects but got a pass for its stylish moments and of course gave us some nice scren savers.

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Re:Vote for B i l l S t i l l 2 0 1 2 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337897)

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Re:Vote for B i l l S t i l l 2 0 1 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40339097)

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new ending? (4, Interesting)

cthlptlk (210435) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337769)

Is Stephenson going to write a new ending for the movie? As I recall the book didn't really have one in the first place.

Re:new ending? (4, Insightful)

bsane (148894) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337833)

The ending was fine... the main bad guy was dealt with and the henchmen slips into the night (figuratively).

What else do you need?

Re:new ending? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337907)

iirc, it was a big shootout on the tarmac, so hollywood will make that bigger than it was in the book and rub a little feel-good follow-up on it.

The book did feel like Stephenson just got tired of all the awesome and wrapped it up in a few pages, though.

Re:new ending? (2)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337961)

Yeah, the Rat Thing plowing through the fuel storage tank and taking out Rife in a huge fireball of awesome seems pretty damn Hollywood to me.

Sweet Jesus, that whole scene needs to bring the noise.

Re:new ending? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338373)

The problem is going to be getting the rat thing's reasoning to shine through so it doesn't seem completely random.

Re:new ending? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338407)

Two words: doggie flashbacks.

Re:new ending? (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338561)

You just have to establish it way earlier... Show YT loves fido and feeds him and then when she is leaving the trashed out apartment building someone jumps her and she screams or makes some noise. He jumps through the window and bites the attacker, getting fatally injured and is picked up by an automated greater hong kong garbage drone.

When she jumps from the chopper she makes the same noise, 2 second onscreen flashback as he crashes through the glass/jumps the brick wall and races to the finish.

Basically the exact thing that really happened in the book but with a tiny foreshadow added to dumb it down for the audience, and remove the need for us to live inside the dog's head, which doesn't work in movies (or books usually hah).

Re:new ending? (5, Interesting)

RMingin (985478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338937)

To build on the AC who beat me to it, they should introduce the Rat Thing as a machine, and not at all make it look dog-like, but have a series of flashbacks when it realizes Hiro is in trouble, having a younger-but-recognizable-Hiro playing with the dog, the dog remembering being kidnapped, remembers a flash of machines in a lab, Robocop-style, flashes back again to the boy-Hiro, calling him. Rat Thing blasts through wall, maybe barking in a techo-distorted fashion, and begins terminal acceleration. You can throw in a variable number of flashbacks from dog POV, running towards the boy, intercutting with shots of Rat Thing going multi-Mach on the highway, to make it even clearer. As the Rat Thing hits the fuel tank, have a slow-mo of it starting to fly apart from the impact, intercut with scenes of the boy and the dog, falling down, laughing and rolling around.

No sweat. I could do it myself. It's all CGI, so it's infinitely malleable.

I just want to cry a little for the Rat Thing at the movie, like I did when I read the book. Best unexpected tragic hero figure in years.

Hollywood, call me. I remember how really good movies worked, and can help you remember.

Re:new ending? (1)

RMingin (985478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339051)

Whoops. YT's dog, not Hiro's dog. Please run s/Hiro/YT on my post, before flaming.

Re:new ending? (4, Interesting)

netsavior (627338) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339053)

it was YT's dog. But yeah, same general rules apply, and I would love to get misty for a dog robot thing who sacrifices his life because once a girl fed him when he was abused and starving.

Re:new ending? (1)

RMingin (985478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339105)

Caught myself, but not before I posted. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who got misty for Rat Thing, who got to do the Dog Loyalty Payback program, writ large.

Re:new ending? (1)

harl (84412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339089)

What happened to the nuke?

Re:new ending? (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337945)

Would that be so bad? Blade Runner didn't really have an ending either in the Director's Cut, which is considered the better version now.

Re:new ending? (3, Insightful)

CFTM (513264) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338307)

...Wow I just about went all internet fan boy...

So rather than making a declarative statement on my internet soapbox, let me say that it's my point of view that Blade Runner was terrible. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep dealt with some beautiful ideas, the movie bastardizes most of them.

Dick's writing revolved around less-than-ordinary individuals thrown into extraordinary situations. This mechanism created some deeply powerful moments were Dick was able to make comments on globalized culture and the introduction of advanced technology to culture.

Time and time again, people try and turn Dick's books into movies and every time the real heart of the story is lost in translation. ...Resisting urge to be Phillip K. Dick fan boy...

Re:new ending? (1)

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338609)

I thought A Scanner Darkly was pretty close to the book...

Re:new ending? (1)

CFTM (513264) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338863)

I've actually avoided that one. The book was a treatise on the consequences of drug addiction; when I asked a good friend if that was there he laughed. So I'm working on second hand information, but in my mind that book is actually the hardest of Dick's library to translate to film.

I have not seen it though, so I can only base things on second hand information.

Re:new ending? (5, Informative)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338879)

Are you seriously suggesting that Blade Runner (the movie) has nothing to say about "globalized culture and the introduction of advanced technology to culture"? The visualization of the city alone is an incredible (and increasingly prescient) commentary on these subjects.

Are you aware that Philip K Dick, while sadly dying before the final film was complete, saw some early footage and LOVED it? A letter he wrote:

I happened to see the Channel 7 TV program "Hooray For Hollywood" tonight with the segment on BLADE RUNNER. (Well, to be honest, I didn't happen to see it; someone tipped me off that BLADE RUNNER was going to be a part of the show, and to be sure to watch.) Jeff, after looking --and especially after listening to Harrison Ford discuss the film-- I came to the conclusion that this indeed is not science fiction; it is not fantasy; it is exactly what Harrison said: futurism. The impact of BLADE RUNNER is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people -- and, I believe, on science fiction as a field. Since I have been writing and selling science fiction works for thirty years, this is a matter of some importance to me. In all candor I must say that our field has gradually and steadily been deteriorating for the last few years.Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER. This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after the segment I found my normal present-day "reality" pallid by comparison. What I am saying is that all of you collectively may have created a unique new form of graphic, artistic expression, never before seen. And, I think, BLADE RUNNER is going to revolutionize our conceptions of what science fiction is and, more, can be.

Let me sum it up this way. Science fiction has slowly and ineluctably settled into a monotonous death: it has become inbred, derivative, stale. Suddenly you people have come in, some of the greatest talents currently in existence, and now we have a new life, a new start. As for my own role in the BLADE RUNNER project, I can only say that I did not know that a work of mine or a set of ideas of mine could be escalated into such stunning dimensions. My life and creative work are justified and completed by BLADE RUNNER. Thank you..and it is going to be one hell of a commercial success. It will prove invincible.

Cordially,

Philip K. Dick

(Source: http://www.philipkdick.com/new_letters-laddcompany.html [philipkdick.com] )

So as another Philip K Dick fan (and yes I've read Androids), if you want to say the movie isn't as good as the book, fine (an incredibly boring & obvious statement, but fine). But calling it terrible? Something the author himself described in transcendant terms, as a new birth for the genre, and as justifying his life's work? Philip K Dick would punch you in the face, "fanboy".

Re:new ending? (0)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339057)

But calling it terrible? Something the author himself described in transcendant terms, as a new birth for the genre, and as justifying his life's work?

Yeah, but that guy did drugs, so his judgement's already suspect *runs for his life*

Re:new ending? (1)

CFTM (513264) | more than 2 years ago | (#40339067)

lolz

Re:new ending? (1)

Florian Weimer (88405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338515)

I think the ending was fine at the time it was written. Nowadays, selling AV software doesn't seem a better job than high-speed pizza delivery, but that's not Stephenson's fault.

Hmm (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337775)

Odds they make Y.T. a 15 year old girl? Zero.

Re:Hmm (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337973)

Yeah, how will the whole Raven/Dentata scene get handled? Really, its not huge to the plot, so if that gets left out I wouldn't be terribly upset.

Re:Hmm (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338279)

Like this:
PRODUCER: (sticking fingers in his ears) "I can't hear you."
You know, the usual Hollywood way.

Re:Hmm (3, Funny)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338485)

Instead of a Dentata they'll probably do something lame like knock-out lipstick.

Re:Hmm (1, Informative)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338145)

This person may be able to fill the role well.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0989959/ [imdb.com]

Re:Hmm (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338511)

Excellent choice! Something tells me this one [imdb.com] could do a good job with it, too.

Re:Hmm (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338591)

Excellent choice! Something tells me this one could do a good job with it, too.

Could, but doubtful. Take a look at what she has been in, it's all goody goody family friendly shows with some voice work thrown in.

Then again, this could end up being her coming out movie. Like when Woody Harrelson who was known mainly for his Woody Boyd character on Cheers went and stared in Natural Born Killers.

Re:Hmm (0)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338565)

That IS her. Perfect match. Get a career in casting actors, you know what you are doing.

I was hoping for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337811)

I was hoping this would have been picked up by the Wachowski brothers. It would have been great to see what they could do with this.

Re:I was hoping for (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337841)

You clearly never saw the second two Matrix movies.

Re:I was hoping for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337881)

I did see the first one.

Re:I was hoping for (5, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338035)

There was only one Matrix movie.

Re:I was hoping for (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338171)

I did and I know this isn't a popular opinion, but I rather liked them.

Re:I was hoping for (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338675)

I was hoping this would have been picked up by the Wachowski brothers. It would have been great to see what they could do with this.

God no. They've been making a lot of horrible movies lately.

Give it to someone fresher. I think having the Attack the Block guy take a shot at it is a very good idea.

Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (4, Interesting)

AuralityKev (1356747) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337857)

If they don't cast The Rock as Raven I will be very disappointed. And still see it opening night.

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338059)

Nah. Clancy Brown (the Kurgan).

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338107)

I don't know, can he fill the role a freakishly tall ethnic Aleutian? It seems like a tough casting choice.

Maybe Dolph Lundgren or Richard Kiel with some makeup?

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338155)

Other than being too short, probably too old, and not the right type of Native, I really somebody like Danny Trejo for the part. Dwayne Johnson seems a little too clean-cut.

Cloe Moretz as YT (2)

invid (163714) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338251)

Nuff said.

Re:Cloe Moretz as YT (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338611)

Pretty much I assume that is why they revived the project, there is finally someone who can play that role.

Re:Cloe Moretz as YT (0)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338669)

Ksenia Solo would be a better fit.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0989959/ [imdb.com]

Re:Cloe Moretz as YT (1)

invid (163714) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338755)

Um, Chloe is 15 years old, Ksenia is 25.

Re:Cloe Moretz as YT (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338837)

It's not how old they are, it's how old they look.

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (3, Insightful)

CFTM (513264) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338359)

Depending on how long it takes to get this off the ground, my money would actually be on Jason Momoa - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0597388/ [imdb.com]

Height doesn't particularly matter on film, they have all sorts of tricks to make someone look taller than they are. And the rock is quite a bit more muscular than I ever pictured Raven but maybe that's just me.

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338453)

I don't think either one could pass as an inuit native American.

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338495)

Like Joe Sixpack has the slightest clue what an Inuit looks like.

Re:Dwayne Johnson as Raven. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338661)

There's got to be a real Aleutian fitting the image. I'd suggest the casting agency gets off its fat, lardy arse and finds one instead of filling the role with the usual action hero guy posing for native.... Bitch please, some effort....

Joe Cornish? (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337873)

Really? Going by recent Hollywood works, I'm amazed it isn't going to be directed by Michael Bay and star Keanu Reeves.

Read this when it was Hugo nominee (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337883)

But I didn't pick it on my voting ballot. I think I picked "Doomsday Book" instead. (Oh and also Babylon 5's "Coming of Shadows".) I was unimpressed by the novel, and thought it very depressing. Like film noire; another genre I've never enjoyed.

Just...... (1)

StinyDanish (1196711) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337885)

Don't put Tom Cruise in it. We don't wish to see Snowcrash Impossible

FROSTY URINATION (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337891)

FIRST!

Not excited. Attack the Block was terrible. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337893)

If it is anything like Attack the Block it will not be watchable.

Re:Not excited. Attack the Block was terrible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40337941)

What was wrong with Attack the Block? Good idea and well executed enough to be entertaining. Shaun of the Dead, now there's a naff film!

Tagline: (5, Funny)

dutchd00d (823703) | more than 2 years ago | (#40337989)

Everyone listens to Reason.

Re:Tagline: (1)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338275)

I have high hopes for this.

Because there are four things we do better than anyone else: music, movies, microcode(software), and high-speed pizza delivery.

Re:Tagline: (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338687)

And nothing of lasting cultural value ;)

Re:Tagline: (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338351)

Everyone listens to Reason.

And in the trailer will be both my sig and "I just nuked America"

Re:Tagline: (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338681)

I hope they actually consult a physicist when they do that gun, the lack of recoil needs an explanation.

Re:Tagline: (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338841)

There was something about their boat banging up against another boat after he fired. It had recoil, just not enough.

Re:Tagline: (1)

Cinnamon Whirl (979637) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338829)

I'll keep my fingers crossed fro something involving "Chiseled Spam"

If he's allowed free reign... (4, Interesting)

Vulch (221502) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338005)

This could be very good. Joe Cornish appears in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (OK, in Shaun it's as "uncredited zombie") and seems to have much the same interests and outlook on life as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

I can see The Deliverators run being done as a Bond style pre-credits sequence and being awesome...

Re:If he's allowed free reign... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338273)

"If he's allowed free rein".

Goddammit.

Re:If he's allowed free reign... (1)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338509)

It's "free rain" Everyone deserves some free rain.

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Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338031)

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Whelp (4, Interesting)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338103)

Seeing as how screenplays for Snow Crash have been kicking around almost as long as the book itself, I'm amazed it finally got picked up. Still, I don't have high hopes. What made the book great for me were the odd turns of phrase, the staccato pacing, and the entirely correct number of giant penis avatars wandering around The Street.

How are they going to represent Vitaly Chernobyl's Nuclear Fuzz Grunge? Are we going to get the glorious Nipponese rap styling of Sushi-K?

How much in the future will this take place? Are they going to whitewash Hiro?

Obviously, these are all rhetorical and after what Disney did to John Carter of Mars... well.

Re:Whelp (4, Interesting)

BetterSense (1398915) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338419)

I have always felt that a Snow Crash motion picture would have to me animated. It's too cartoonish to be live action.

Re:Whelp (4, Interesting)

firewrought (36952) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338573)

Seeing as how screenplays for Snow Crash have been kicking around almost as long as the book itself, I'm amazed it finally got picked up. Still, I don't have high hopes.

Perhaps Stephenson's depiction of a hyper-privatized society struggling with disruptive technologies, unpredictable religious groups, and the complete usurpation of rational discourse (all while a marginalized federal government steeps ineffectually in its own paranoia) has never been more applicable to current events. The text is ripe for exploiting (and commenting on) the current political zeitgeist...

Re:Whelp (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338703)

They can cast Gackt for sushi-k. Hiro is half black half nippoese, will be interesting who is cast, and will they use google earth? Will the gargoyles wear google glasses?

Re:Whelp (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338779)

For some reason, I always imagined Sushi-K as fat and blubbery.

Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (-1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338139)

I tried to read it, but couldn't get past the first 100 pages. It was trying soooooo hard to be cool & edgy it turned me off. It was a like an Ritalin-addicts pastiche of William Gibson.

I think everything he wrote from from Cryptonomicon on are his best works. The Baroque Cycle was fantastic! It's kind of sad that it's Snow Crash that gets all the attention.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338197)

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? Yes

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338223)

No you're not the only one. I read it when it was a Hugo nominee, but was unimpressed by the novel, and thought it very depressing. Like film noire (black film) which is another genre I've never enjoyed.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338345)

Okay ... . Now you've peaked my curiosity.

Why, exactly, did you feel the need to explain to world+dog that film noire translated as black film? I'm hoping you know that some of the best films ever made, include Blade Runner, are in the film noire 'style'.

I just get this feeling that you think Shaft is film noire, and I've had enough headaches today.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338567)

That's "piqued".

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338727)

Maybe GP meant that this is the most curious they have ever been?

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338243)

No, it was crap. it felt like johnny mnemonic the movie.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338465)

It was a like an Ritalin-addicts pastiche of William Gibson.

Hah, there is no accounting for personal taste. That tagline would sell me any book that bore it.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

foradoxium (2446368) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338497)

I randomly picked up snowcrash as a teenager, no idea who wrote it or anything. I just liked the computer-ness of the synopsis.

As I read it, I began to love it more and more, because of its basic ideas of the future of internet. Oddly enough, second life pretty much put his idea in place. To me this makes the book even more hilarous..and it makes me wonder what other possibilities that sci-fi writers think of might come to truth (3 organizations owning the world, ugly/limited internet access for the poor)

I also liked the idea of the church re-programming someone using tongues. lol

Personally, snow crash is on my list of lifetime favorites.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338589)

I think he figured out proper grammar at some point.
The stories are awesome, but the writing didn't lend itself to much of anything.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338639)

It was a parody.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

Bill Hayden (649193) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338809)

To each his own I guess. I loved Snow Crash, and Cryptonomicon might be my all-time favorite book. However, I gave up on the Baroque Cycle very early, as I found it too be too wordy and slow -- a tough slog.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338831)

The beginning is trying way too hard, but it smooths out for the rest. I almost quit. It's not a great novel, but better than the beginning implies.

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338907)

I tried to read it, but couldn't get past the first 100 pages. It was trying soooooo hard to be cool & edgy it turned me off.

Never thought about it before, but now that you mention it I think it's a bit tounge-in-cheek. Works out well with that in mind. Although I never cared much for Gibson ...

Re:Am I the ony one who didn't like Snow Crash? (1)

Maltheus (248271) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338909)

I read this shortly after reading Neuromancer, and it paled by comparison for me. Never understood the hype either and I had to force myself to finish it. It just felt kind fo goofy. Not to knock anyone who enjoyed it.

Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338161)

Unfortunately, people now will be completely nonplussed when they see the app.

> I want to see some awesome skating scenes (featuring pooning an electric car going its top speed of 10 mph)

Re:Earth (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338893)

Unfortunately, people now will be completely nonplussed when they see the app.

> I want to see some awesome skating scenes (featuring pooning an electric car going its top speed of 10 mph)

Please don't use that word. It doesn't mean what you think it means.
nonplussed - Surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react. it can also mean "not troubled."

If you mean unimpressed, just say unimpressed. If you mean underwhelmed, say underwhelmed.

It says SnowCrash... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338195)

...but I thought SkiFree. "They're making a movie of some Flash game? Well, wouldn't be the first time I suppose..."

A little baffled... (1)

thesameguy (1047504) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338339)

As great as Attack the Block and Shaun of the Dead were, I'm not sure how that experience translates into directing Snow Crash. And, while direction is certainly important, I think for a movie like this all the important bits are tied up in the screenplay and the acting. I really hope this turns out to be amazing, but I have little expectation it will. Hopefully Mr. Stephenson is heavily involved with all aspects and can guide his baby safely.

Just coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338479)

STEPHEN!

Fingers crossed (1)

mako1138 (837520) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338481)

The book definitely has no shortage of movie-worthy scenes, but it's gonna take a really good director to string it all together.

One thing.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338563)

Love the novel. Excellent work, but can we ask a favor of mr Cornish?
Can you change his name?
Hiro Protagonist is just...............

Re:One thing.... (2)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338919)

The name is meant to be a pun, you missed that?

I hope it's filmed in 3D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40338791)

Or even better, a Tron Legacy alike where only the bits in cyberspace are in 3D. I realise that's not what Tron Legacy actually did, but it's what they should have done.

Inscrutable (4, Informative)

haapi (16700) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338817)

I took a class in Mandarin, and was sorely disappointed to learn that KFC is not actually called the "House of the Ancient and Inscrutable Colonel".

Tough cram job. What to cut? (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#40338983)

It's going to be tough. There's too much in that book to cram into a movie, and most of it contributes to the main plot. What to cut?

Probably most of the virtual reality. VR was more promising in 1992 than it is now. It's been way overdone in movies. Show Hiro in gloves and goggles gear in his storage space, and others briefly in similar gear when appropriate, but spend little screen time on VR.

Use Juanita Marquez, Hiro's ex-girlfriend and linguist/mythologist , as the designated explainer for the psycho-religious stuff. Somebody has to do that job.

If they're lucky, they might be able to get Chloe Grace Moretz ("Hit Girl") as Y.T. That's the toughest casting decision. Any of the usual big hunks can play Raven. A number of older actors could play Uncle Enzo. Ng is a CG character. No idea who should play Hiro.

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