Please excuse my tangent. While only related to horror or exploitation at it very base definitions, I need to talk about Neuromancer. I gave up waiting for a film version of Neuromancer 15 years ago. It didn’t seem that anyone was ever going to be able to get it right and still get it financed. Well, after years of false starts and horribly nightmarish casting rumors (yes Hayden Christensen, I’m talking about you!), it seems like there is a glimmer of hope. Read on to see who might Jack in.
According to Moviehole, offers are on the table to Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson for the key roles of Henry D. Case and Armitage. Wahberg had previously worked with Neuromancer producer Lorenzo
di Bonaventura on both “Shooter” and “Four Brothers” so they do have a history.
For the uninitiated, Neuromancer is the seed from which all cyberpunk grew. Without Auther William Gibson, there would be no “Matrix” Trilogy, no terms such as “Cyberspace” and I.C.E (Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics) and as speculative fiction writer Jack Womack has suggested, possible no World Wide Web! The basic set up is as follows:
In the dark and over technological future, people are one with their tech. People have cybernetic limbs and some surf the internet by jacking in through their nervous system, giving them the reaction speed of thought. A professional computer hacker and cyber-thief named Case starts believing his own hype and attempts to steal from his employers. He is caught and has his nervous system fried. Without his nerve endings, he is unable to work doing the only thing he really knows how. Eventually, a man named Armitage offers to repair his nerves in exchange for a job. With that he is pulled into a world darker than any dirty back alleyway or city street, with his only goal being to make it out alive.
“Splice” director Vincenzo Natali insists on the film’s independent, non-mainstream, non-homogenised stance. “The success or failure of Neuromancer will have everything to do with getting the right tone,” Natali says. “There’s definitely a potentially bland and uninteresting version of that story [hackers take on behemoth corporation in cyberspace] but what’s important is not just what happens in the story, but how it’s told and the texture that exists in the world we have to recreate.”
I believe in Natali and so does William Gibson. He’s saying the right things and trying to get good people. Let’s hope things come to pass.