Friday, May 07, 2010

Natali Going Cyberpunk With "Neuromancer"

According to reports, Toronto-based "Splice" director Vincenzo Natali will next direct a big screen adaptation of author William Gibson's 1984 novel "Neuromancer", the 'cyberpunk' book said to be the 'inspiration' for "The Matrix" series of films.

"Neuromancer" the first novel by Canadian-based Gibson, is notable for winning the science-fiction 'triple crown', including the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the Hugo Award.

The book is based on the concept of video games, with Gibson fascinated by how gamers seem to leave their bodies when they engage with the on-screen world, as a projection of the self into cyberspace.

"...'Case' is a cyberspace thief, hacking into corporate databases and stealing info for his clients who pay him big bucks. One day he gets greedy and steals the loot for himself. His client hunts him down, straps him to a chair and changes his biological make up - Case's pancreas is obliterated and his liver nearly destroyed.

" Case lives in the neon world of urban decay that is 'Shiba', spending his life on the edge, working for anyone, doing anything. But, his luck is about to change as he is recruited by sexy 'Molly' to work for 'Armitage', a broken army officer who is being controlled by an artificial intelligence known as 'Neuromancer'.

"This whimsical bunch of low-lives are forced together by the lure of money amidst a chaotic, uncertain future..."

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