Splice and Cube director, Vincenzo Natali, has quietly been working on his adaptation of William Gibson’s sci-fi classic Neuromancer for over a year now. It was announced back in May 2011 that work on the visual effects had begun, but things have gone painfully quiet since. However, some further news today is very exciting, but nothing is yet confirmed.
Natali is insisting on an independent, non mainstream approach to his highly anticipated film, yet it has been said today that both Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg have been offered roles in the film.
Wahlberg has been offered the role of the protagonist Case, a 24 year old who spends most of his life online and does not go out much. Case is known in the book as ‘cowboy and rustler’ and his character is the hacker and thief at the centre of the story. He is a drug addict, and has had his nervous system sabotaged by a mycotoxin which prevents him from “jacking in” to cyberspace. He sounds like a real dodgy character, with the nervous system sabotage done to him as punishment for some thievery.
Neeson has been offered the role of Armitage, an ex-military spook with a weird and wonderful back-story. He offers to cure Case in return for his involvement in a secret mission against the Tessier-Ashpool family and the creepy artificial intelligence, Wintermute.
The plot involves noirish plots about hackers, artificial intelligences, big powerful corporations and industrial dystopias. The story is part of the rise of ‘Cyberspace’ (a word invented by Gibson himself) and is part of the vanguard of the Cyberpunk movement It’s is part of a trilogy of books, with the other two being Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive.
By Matt Wavish