Hip hip hooray, pre-production has started on Vincenzo Natali’s adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal work Neuromancer. Natali’s been planning it for quite some time, stating around the time of Splice last year that his next film would be the cyberpunk classic.
If you’re not familiar with Gibson’s work, then get thee to a bookshop! But even if you are ignorant of his work, you’ll probably be able to recognise some of his themes in other movies as many films have pilfered wholesale from his novels (I’m looking at you The Matrix).
Neuromancer is the story of Case, a hacker recruited by a shadowy organisation to infiltrate an artificial intelligence owned by an international mega corporation. It’s full of great characters including Molly, a technologically modified human with silver lenses for eyes and retractable blades for fingernails; Dixie, a human consciousness stuck in the matrix after he died while online and Riviera who uses his psychic abilities to create subliminal fantasies. Its noir style is very similar to Blade Runner which was released 2 years earlier – the release of which almost caused Gibson to abandon Neuromancer completely.
Seven Arts Pictures have been touting the film at Cannes this year with COO Kate Hoffman stating, “Response to this cult cyberspace thriller has been tremendous; the film ticks a lot of boxes with distributors. The film will be a Canadian/European co-production, with principal photography taking place in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo and London.”
Preliminary work on the visual effects has now begun with an estimated shoot scheduled for the first quarter of next year.
In the mean time, check out our interview with Vincenzo Natali about Splice.