A film adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer has been bouncing around in development hell for years and years, which is possibly a good thing considering the special effects needed for a movie like this weren’t quite there until recently. But even though we’ve now got the technical ability to make a good Neuromancer movie, there’s still a decent chance it’ll be screwed up.
Proof? The guy currently helming the adaptation is Lucas Foster, the gentleman behind the Brad Pitt vs. Angelina Jolie cash-in, Mr. And Mrs. Smith. His vision replaces that of Vincenzo Natali, who was working on the project for five years and had Edgar Wright/Ant-Man levels of respect for his vision. Alas, Natali’s resume is full of strange indie flicks like Cube, Ginger Snaps, and Splice… not big blockbusters, so the project has been handed off to more “reliable” filmmakers.
But now that he’s no longer involved in the project, Vincenzo is sharing some of the concept art for his version of Neuromancer. It’s a fun new trend we’re seeing from filmmakers … Neill Blomkamp dumped a bunch of art for a scrapped Aliens treatment that made so many waves, it resurrected the project. If only the results could be similar here.