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#1 Cartman

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 15:44

Vad tror ni om detta? :)

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.



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Posted 08 January 2008 - 16:17

Hmm... av att döma från regissör och skådis så kan det här bli hur dåligt som helst.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 22:03

Hollywoods evinnerliga strävan att göra mitt liv så surt som möjligt fortsätter.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 22:31

Nä, det är ju inte Peter Jackson-känslor när man hör vem regissören är (har inte sett Torque, men 23% på R.T. och 3.3 på IMDb talar sitt tydliga språk). Blir rätt mörkrädd när jag tänker på hur han ska förvalta bokens komplexitet.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 12:02

Detta kan inte bli bra.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:36

quietearth.us - First poster for Joseph Kahn's adaptation of William Gibson's Neuromancer?

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:57

Postern var ju snygg, men Hayden Christensen som Cage?? Det här blir bara bättre och bättre... :angry:
"It's only called paranoia if you can't prove it" - William Gibson

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 19:43

Hmm. Jag har också hört att the Matrix är väldigt tungt influerad av NeuroMancer, att den till och med var tänkt som en Neuromancer-film innan den gjordes om.

Postern ser förvisso ganska bra ut, och det är ju mycket pengar att göra en film med ändå, så vem vet?

Själv är jag lite förvirrad över vad boken handlar om.

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 11:17

Själv är jag lite förvirrad över vad boken handlar om.

Du är inte ensam, tog mig två försök att fatta den riktigt :) . Du kan läsa lite om den (och få en känsla av den knepiga intrigen) på wikipedia.

De andra två i serien är som tur är mer lättsmälta (och bra de med).

Edited by Fiskrens, 02 August 2008 - 11:18.

"It's only called paranoia if you can't prove it" - William Gibson

"It's more the way it is now than it's ever been" - Dwight David Eisenhower

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 16:45

Det har varit tyst om denna produktion ett tag och själv tror jag inte att den blir av alls, vilket nog är till det bättre. Inte bara för att folk av tvivelaktig talang som Kahn och Christensen har rapporterats vara inblandade utan även...


Jag har också hört att the Matrix är väldigt tungt influerad av NeuroMancer

Detta. Det stämmer bra; Wachowskis tog uppenbarligen själva begreppet "matrix" och andra element, såsom ett ställe kallat Zion bebott av rastahuvuden, från Gibsons roman. Men de utvecklade också konceptet genom att framställa cyberpunk i sin mest extrema variant. Därigenom känns det som att de satte punkt för cyberpunken i det popkulturella medvetandet. Genren i sin klassiska 80-talstappning är numera en anakronism - informationssamhället blev inte riktigt den dystopi som den målade upp, dess spjutbärare har gått vidare och grejer som "cyberspace" och "virtual reality" är inte riktigt vardagsmat och ser inte heller ut att bli det. Allt det får en att undra hur stor publik en sån här artefakt skulle få. Tåget gick för minst 10 år sen.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 13:51

Vincenzo Natali ny regissör!

Många turer om denna ev filmatisering av den kända boken som influerat så många filmer. Joseph Kahn, som var den som skulle stå för regin, talade varmt om projektet så sent som för några dagar sedan. Men nu har produktionsbolaget gått ut med nyheten att regissör blir Vincenzo Natali som är i hetluften med kommande filmen Splice. Nåja, jag kan tänka mig att om den filmen blir en hit så kan vi nog lita på att det blir den mannen som får ta hand om regin. Om inget annat inträffar. Det här verkar ju vara en känslig adaption som tack och lov inte bara görs bara för sakens skull. Själv har jag hört mycket om boken, men ej läst den.

PS. Kanske någon har lust att ta bort underrubriken till tråden som är en aning out of date :P


Splice Director Vincenzo Natali to Direct Adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer
May 7th, 2010

One of the seemingly eternal residents of Development Hell has been William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer. While the novel has influenced more films than any of us could count, the various adaptations that producers have tried to mount over the years have all stalled out, most in the early stages. That might be for the best, given the fact that movies based on certain speculative authors (Gibson, Philip K. Dick) so often seem to miss the point.

For the last couple years, Torque director Joseph Kahn (this week’s /Filmcast guest) was working on a version that was said to star Hayden Christensen. That was announced in early 2008 and we haven’t heard much more than glimmers about it since. Now the deal is off (or, now we know the deal is off) and there’s a new director on board: Vincenzo Natali, whose film Splice is about to go into wide release via Warner Bros.

THR buried the Neuromancer news in a piece about Jason Priestly directing an indie film (yeah, seriously) but offers little significant detail beyond the fact that the deal was announced by production company Fire Development, Inc. Natali will write the script as well as direct.

This is a weird development, however, as when Kahn was on the /Filmcast just this past Monday he talked extensively about Neuromancer: his attraction to the story, the challenge of cracking the script, and what he had in mind for the movie. The gist was that he was still on the film, and still quite committed to it. Now, not even a week later, there’s a new director. What happened? We’ll try to find out, and when this week’s episode of the /Filmcast After Dark is released, you can hear Kahn talk about Neuromancer.

Years ago, Gibson said that once-attached director Chris Cunningham (Aphex Twin’s ‘Come to Daddy’ and ‘Windowlicker’ videos) was the only man to bring Neuromancer to the screen. But Natali is a damn good choice as well, especially given what I’m hearing about Splice. Now we need to know if the previous casting remains set, or if he’ll tap new actors. Fortunately, we’ll be talking to Natali next week, so expect an update soon. And what does this mean for some of the other films he has talked about wanting to make, such as an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise, and Swamp Thing? We’ll try to find out about those, too.


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 15:29

PS. Kanske någon har lust att ta bort underrubriken till tråden som är en aning out of date :P

Done. Och helt baserad på min uppfattning om när filmen blir av.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 17:28

Den var bra :lol:

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:30

Bra att vara skeptisk då Natali själv säger att han inte skrivit på något än...Plus att han har flera projekt på gång, men vet inte ens själv vilken ordning de kommer i. Det hänger på dem med plånboken, säger han. :P Men har iaf Gibson välsignelse :)

Nedan har jag saxat lite från en intervju där han pratar lite om Neuromancer:

Natali Explains How He'll Adapt Two Classics: Neuromancer And High Rise
May 10, 2010

Splice director Vincenzo Natali has two huge movie adaptations in the pipeline: William Gibson's Neuromancer, and J.G. Ballard's High Rise. In an exclusive interview, Natali explains to us how he updated High Rise, and his hopes for Neuromancer.

[..]

Since you're known for psychological horror, do you see your Neuromancer as a psychological horror film?

Neuromancer? No. No, I don't think so. I think there's a psychological component to it unquestionably, but not a horror film at all. I think William Gibson's vision of the future is very rich, because it's somewhat ambiguous. It feels dystopian but not completely. It's a mixed bag. And I think that's where we're headed. I think there's going to be good things and bad things down the road. The only thing we can be sure of is that it's going to be different. That fundamentally, we're on the cusp of some kind of global seismic shift, on a number of different levels. And, even though it was published in 1984, Neuromancer really anticipates these things. It is, in fact, entirely relevant, maybe more relevant now than it was before.

To me it's just a pure work of science fiction, probably the most influential science fiction novel in the last 25, or so, years. So to even be considered to adapt it, to be allowed to adapt it, is just an incredible honor. I can't tell you how excited I am.

Are you adapting it right now?

This is the technological monster that is the internet. That news was announced prematurely. I haven't even signed my agreements yet. I've spoken with William Gibson, and I think I have his blessing. He was really nice.

Wait — you think you have his blessing?

[Laughs] Well I do have his blessing, that was me trying to be modest. That's my Canadian side. No he was very, very enthusiastic. It was a very exciting moment for me to be able to speak with him. And to have his blessing. As soon I finish my Splice tour, I'm going to start writing.

People who have read the novels know what cyberpunk is, but some folks might hear the description of Neuromancer and think it's just another Matrix, or [Gibson's short story turned movie] Johnny Mnemonic again. What will you give them that's different?

First of all let me say that it's a good thing for Neuromancer that those films exist. It's a good thing that Avatar exists. For a couple reasons — first and foremost, in 1984, I don't even know how people understood Neuromancer when they read it. It was just so far ahead of the curve, that even as a book, I imagine that it was very difficult for people to wrap their heads around it.

Thanks to The Matrix, which obviously was heavily influenced by Neuromancer, a lot of these ideas are now a part of the popular consciousness. So when you make the Neuromancer movie, in whenever it's going to be — 2012, 2011 — you don't have to explain a lot. It's already understood, and then you can get to the really good stuff. Which in my mind is about approaching the post-human world. To me that's what the movie is about.

Splice is about evolving our bodies. Neuromancer is about evolving our minds, and how we're going to merge and interact with machine consciousnesses in the future. Which I also think is inevitable, and I don't think The Matrix begins or even attempts to go into that territory. In fact The Matrix, in some respects is like a Philip K. Dick book, it's really about what is real. And Neuromancer flirts with that, but I think it's more about our evolution. It's also tonally much more realistic. The Matrix which I really liked, is a movie that's very much based in comic-book reality, and kind of relishes in it. Whereas my approach to Neuromancer would be to treat it quite realistically.

What are we going to see next out of you? I've read that you're doing Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, High Rise and now Neuromancer?

That [Swamp Thing] is another weird internet rumor because I don't have the rights to Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, it's just something that I would like to do.

I don't know. I'm waiting to find out myself. All of these projects, and there's also another project called Tunnels, which is really cool, which is a young readers series. They are all amazing projects, it's just not up to me. I wish it was. I wish I could tell you. It's up to whoever writes the check. It's hard, it's a miracle that Splice is being released on this scale. I never thought the film would get a major distributor behind it... But for anyone who's worried about High Rise because I might be doing Neuromancer, and vice versa, each film helps the other. I was working on High Rise during Splice, but Splice happened to go first. The fact that I made Splice is going to help finance High Rise. It's going to make it easier for that movie to get made.


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Posted 20 May 2010 - 16:58

Regissörsbytet lovar gott men jag kan ändå inte undgå att känna en viss aversion. Förutom cyberpunkens karaktäristiska kromestetik, som är rätt långt ifrån den Appleinfluerade IT-design vi har idag, så har Neuromancer en del teman som känns gammalmodiga idag - Japan som världens främsta ekonomiska supermakt, det geopolitiska läget efter ett begränsat 3:e världskrig - och som i olika grader spelar roll för handlingen. Tonar man ner de elementen för att uppdatera berättelsen riskerar man att urvattna den till något generiskt som inte gör romanens stilbildande karaktär rättvisa. Men om man behåller dem så riskerar den istället att kännas nästan lika anakronistisk som en adaption av Heinleins hippiebibel Stranger in a Strange Land hade gjort idag eller rentav en nyinspelning av King Kong. Nej, vänta nu...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:43

Seven Arts Pictures har gått ut med en press release (10 juni) som säger att det blir Vincenzo Natali som står för regin.
Peter Hoffman, VD:

"We are very excited to be working with Prodigy Pictures and to have Vincenzo as the head of the Neuromancer team. After seeing his work, especially his cutting edge use of effects with Splice, we feel that he has both the story telling ability and the command of the visual medium to give this film the treatment it deserves. In Vincenzo's hands we think Neuromancer will realize William Gibson's extraordinary vision of the future while being a big draw at the box office."

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I en intervju med /Film säger Natali följande:

“For me, it’s a story of redemption, if you want to get down to the core element of it. I think in terms of how you approach Neuromancer now, post-Matrix, post-all the other films that have poached from it, in the 21st century (because the book was written in 1984), I think you have to take those things and use them to your advantage, because what they give you, what The Matrix, for instance, gives you is the opportunity to make Neuromancer in a culture that is already aware of what The Matrix is. I mean, the very word “matrix” is in Neuromancer. It was borrowed by the Wachowski brothers for their film. I think that’s a good thing, because I don’t even know how someone would have been able to make that film 10 years ago or 15 years ago, because it’s so abstract. I don’t even know how people understood the book when it first came out. I think I read it in the late 1980s, but in 1984, how would people even understand it, because it was just so far ahead of the curve?

I think when you read it now, it still feels very relevant, maybe in some ways more relevant, because so much of what it predicted has come to pass. And therefore, my approach to it would be to be very realistic. I think The Matrix is a wonderful film, but it absolutely takes place in a comic book universe…everything about it, in the best possible way mind you, but really I think it’s a very heightened reality…

[Neuromancer] is a future reality, but I don’t want to glamorize it, I don’t want to inject steroids into it. I want it to feel very palpable and real, and still exciting, of course, but I think if I had to make a comparison, a little more of the Blade Runner type universe, which is kind of a more adult-type of movie. And that’s what I think this film should be because it’s dealing with very important and exciting themes. And I think that’s where my take on it and what excites me about the book will distinguish it from other films, in so much as, in my mind, Neuromancer is really about our post-human future. It’s about how we, in the future, are going to relate to machine consciousness. In the same way that Splice is sort of a treatise on how we’re changing our bodies, Neuromancer could be a treatise on how we’re changing our minds, evolving our consciousness. I see tremendous potential for it. I actually think the time is now.

Also, I think Avatar has been a great harbinger for smart science fiction films. I know some people disagree with me, but honestly I think that film could not have been made by anyone other than James Cameron, and now that it has been made and it’s such a success, it proves that hard science fiction — and that film is full of ideas — can work on a large commercial scale. And Neuromancer is definitely within that zone….

I actually really started to break down the book, now that this is looking like it might happen, and I actually don’t think you need to stray too far from the book. I think you have to add some connective tissue, and I think that the ending needs to be finessed. I had a conversation with William Gibson about a week and a half ago, and he kind of agreed. You have to retool the ending a little bit. But basically I think the structure is there. And I actually see my version, if it were to be made, as having a little bit more of a literary kind of a structure. There would be a little bit of trickery with the timeline, and we would delve into characters’ pasts and then come back into the present. I think that’s the way to approach it. And that really excites me, because as somebody who watches a lot of movies and a lot of science fiction films, I’m really getting tired of the same old tropes, the same old kind of structures. If you’re going to experiment with narrative structures, this is the movie to do it with.”

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:39

Also, I think Avatar has been a great harbinger for smart science fiction films. I know some people disagree with me, but honestly I think that film could not have been made by anyone other than James Cameron, and now that it has been made and it’s such a success, it proves that hard science fiction — and that film is full of ideas — can work on a large commercial scale. And Neuromancer is definitely within that zone….

Hmmm... Mycket kan man anklaga Avatar för, men att vara smart? ;)

Men Natali är för evigt en av De Bra Regissörerna efter The Cube, så om han får till en film är jag smått optimistisk. Han verkar tänka i rätt banor.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:56

Word. Blir det här av är han definitivt rätt regissör. Kan f.ö. rekommendera hans andra filmer också, Cypher och den minst sagt urflippade Nothing.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 16:03

Man verkar ha säkrat finansieringen för projektet enligt Ain't It Cool News.

Seven Arts Pictures and GFM Films announced today that "Neuromancer," written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and adapted from the William Gibson best-selling novel, has secured sales from distributors in the first three days of Cannes. Territories licensed include: South Korea and Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India, CIS, Poland, and the Middle East.

"Response to this cult cyberspace thriller has been tremendous and the film ticks a lot of boxes with distributors. The film will be a Canadian-European co-production with principal photography occurring in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London. Work on the visual effects has already begun, with an anticipated start date in the first quarter of 2012," said Kate Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of Seven Arts. GFM also reported advanced discussions in Germany, the UK, France, and the USA.



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Posted 20 May 2011 - 11:32

Så den kommer alltså att produceras helt utanför Hollywoodsystemet? Oväntat men spännande.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:14

Lite uppdateringar kring var projektet befinner sig nu.

The /Filmcast: After Dark – Ep. 150 – Preparing for Neuromancer (GUEST: Director Vincenzo Natali)

Empireonline.com - Vincenzo Natali Updates On Neuromancer

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 13:24

IGN - Neuromancer hacks into Hollywood


Seven Arts Pictures PLC has announced an agreement with Prodigy Pictures, Inc. to jointly produce and distribute the highly-anticipated motion picture Neuromancer, based on the best-selling science fiction novel by William Gibson.

Prodigy hopes to arrange substantial financing for the film, which is expected to have a production budget of approximately $60 million. Prodigy's Founder and CEO, Jay Firestone, will be the lead producer on Neuromancer, and will supervise all elements of production for the film.

"Jay Firestone has a long and well regarded reputation in the industry," said Peter Hoffman, CEO of Seven Arts. "I firmly believe that Jay's savvy and expansive relationships will lead to strong investment, and a sharp production."

Published in 1984, Neuromancer was the first winner of the science fiction "triple crown," receiving the prestigious Nebula Award, Philip K. Dick Award and the Hugo Award. Neuromancer was also listed on Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. By 2007, William Gibson's archetypal cyberpunk novel had sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.

The film adaptation of Gibson's novel will be written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, whose directorial credits include the 2009 science fiction horror film, Splice and the 1997 psychological thriller, Cube.

"Having Vincenzo on board has been exhilarating for us," said Jay Firestone, founder of Prodigy Pictures. "His distinctive vision has added a striking new dimension to William Gibson's already thought-provoking story."

Principal photography on the film is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2012.


Verkar som att det här faktiskt blir av. Nu får man hoppas att Natali kan göra en film lika smart som Avatar..

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:27

Projektet lever fortfarande: producenterna har vänt sig till Liam Neeson och Mark Wahlberg för rollerna som Armitage och Case. Vad tror ni om det? Jag tycker båda skådisarna är ok, men inga som jag direkt håller som favoriter.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:37

Båda är skådespelare som kan leverera när de har rätt regissör, så om Natali fortfarande är ombord kanske det kan bli något ändå. Känns dock rätt mycket som om tiden sprungit från den här filmen.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 18:37

Känns dock rätt mycket som om tiden sprungit från den här filmen.


Varför det? När man gör en adaptation har man spelrum att anpassa en berättelse efter behov. Vi vet fortfarande inte om de tänker göra en moderniserad version extrapolerad från vår verklighet eller något mer retro närmare förlagan. Jag skulle tippa på det förra men är inte säker på vilket som skulle funka bäst.

Neeson som Armitage låter bra men "Marky Mark", vad fan? Case är en tjugonånting f.d. pundare, inte en fyrtioplussig f.d. pojkbandsidol.