Joblo - Hayden a Neuromancer
Jan. 7, 2008
You may have already heard the news about the NEUROMANCER movie. What you didn't hear was who would be starring in this ambitious adaptation of the cyberpunk classic. JoBlo.com sources have told us that Hayden Christensen will star in NEUROMANCER as Case, the former hacker at the center of the story. I'll be honest and admit I've never read NEUROMANCER and my rudimentary attempts to try and understand the plot have only confused me. But it seems very much a precursor to the Matrix with the book even referring to "the matrix." Joseph Kahn (TORQUE) is directing the film, which is essentially set up as an indie film with a big budget. It is not set up at a studio but still carries an impressive $70 million budget. It's unclear when filming would begin but it could be later this year. Christensen can be seen next in the Fox action flick JUMPER, which hits theaters in February.
Extra Tidbit: If you really want to learn more about NEUROMANCER, check out this detailed study guide.
Joblo - Neuromancer comes
May. 19, 2007
After more than two decades of influencing countless modern sci-fi stories and concepts in film, TV, videogames, books and comics, an adaptation of William Gibson's seminal 1984 novel NEUROMANCER is finally heading to theaters.
Producer Peter Hoffman will essentially make the movie as a $70 million indie. Director Joseph Kahn, whose only feature to date is the ingenious postmodern Western TORQUE (yes, I actually do love TORQUE), will bring Gibson's prophetic vision of cyberspace to screens. Chuck Russell (THE MASK) and music vid director Chris Cunningham made previous attempts to adapt NEUROMANCER during its lengthy stay in development hell.
Gibson's brilliant award-winning cyberpunk tale (which also coined the term The Matrix some 15 years before Neo jacked in) follows unemployed "console cowboy" Case who gets recruited (Plissken-style) by a razorgirl named Molly and a shadowy ex-military officer for a top secret job, only to find himself entangled in a Byzantine plot involving insanely powerful artificial intelligence.
Extra Tidbit: NEUROMANCER shares characters and setting of other Gibson stories including JOHNNY MNEMONIC, which was ultimately subjugated by "Hollywood forces".
Variety - Hoffman to produce Neuromancer
Gibson sci-fi novel full of hot topics
Posted: Fri., May 18, 2007
William Gibson's prescient sci-fi bestseller from the '80s, "Neuromancer," will get the bigscreen treatment from vet producer-distributor Peter Hoffman, whose own Cannes exploits go back some 25 years.
Hoffman said the project is not just a good sci-fi adventure but a story full of hot topics --issues like artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and alternate theories of immortality will be dealt with dramatically. There'll be a sort of love interest as well.
The $70 million pic is essentially being fast-tracked to replace the Paul Verhoeven project "The Winter Queen." Latter is being pushed back until at least next spring because leading lady Milla Jovovich is pregnant.
Joseph Kahn, a Korean-American commercials director who made "Torque" for Warren Bros., has inked to direct.
"Every indie wants to have one or two high-budgeted pics in its portfolio. For us, both the Verhoeven and 'Neuromancer' fit that description," Hoffman said.