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For some time now, there have been plans to bring William Gibson's cyberpunk classic Neuromancer to the big screen. It's been a bumpy road though, with the current attempt to mount the project dating back to 2010.
That's when writer/director Vincent Natali, who made Cube and Splice, came on board. However, there's been precious little progress in recent years, even though Gibson had apparently approved Natali's screenplay. And now we learn there's been some good news, and some bad news.
On the upside, some fresh financing has been found. Chinese firm C2M Media Group is to co-develop and co-fund the movie, in conjuction with Gfm Films. As such, Neuromancer is very much alive and well.
Unfortunately, Natali himself is no longer on board the project, and as a consequence, his screenplay has gone as well. »
We've heard this before. But hopefully this time something actually happens. Straight out of the Cannes Market, Screen Daily is reporting that Chinese collective C2M Media Group will "co-develop and co-finance" the sci-fi adaptation of Neuromancer, along with UK sales team Gfm Films. The interesting bit is that filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, who was attached for years and years developing this, is apparently no longer involved (as he is not mentioned anywhere) but they do mention: "producer Lucas Foster is currently in talks with new writers and a director on the project." We'll have to wait to find out who that might be. Way back in 2011, we reported that this Neuromancer adaptation had secured financing then. "Seven Arts Pictures and Gfm Films have secured early sales from distributors," we wrote, but obviously so much time has passed much has changed. Screen Daily now says that the new group "C2M »
- Alex Billington
Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) has been attached to helm a big screen version of the William Gibson cyberpunk novel Neuromancer since 2010, but according to the latest update on the project from Screen Daily, he won't be behind the camera for the adaptation. The site is reporting that producer Lucas Foster (Law Abiding Citizen, Jumper) "is currently in talks with new writers and a director" for Neuromancer. It's not clear why Natali left the »
- Jesse Giroux
There's good and bad news this morning for anyone following the tortuous and slow development of Neuromancer. The good news is that the adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is still out there and has just secured some new funding. The bad news is that the long-attached Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is no longer directing. And with him has gone the Gibson-approved screenplay that was supposed to have been cracked.The UK-based Gfm films remain in play on the project, and the company has now partnered with the Chinese C2M Media Group for co-financing and further development. Producer Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Man On Fire) is currently in talks with unspecified new writers and a new director.Published in 1984 (two years after Blade Runner, which, when he saw it, almost caused him to stop writing), William Gibson's book was part of the vanguard of the cyberpunk movement. »
We're in the middle of a cyberpunk renaissance with heaps of new games and fiction along with Vr itself right around the corner, so it's no surprise that someone else is making a run through the matrix trying to get a Neuromancer adaptation made. Guess whose trying this time: Lucas Foster - the producer behind Mr. and Mrs. Smith. What a brilliant way to market a production.
UK based Gfm Films is working with a big Korean production outfit and they've got some financing and are looking for a director.
I would be solidly behind a Vincenzo Natali adaptation, but this.. no.
via Screen Daily [Continued ...] »
Screen reports that UK-based Gfm Films has been joined by Chinese media company C2M Media Group which has stepped up with financing for the project. The pair will now co-develop and produce the film with the first priority being the hiring of a new writer and director.
Several people have been previously attached to the project, most notably Vicenzo Natali ("Cube") and Joseph Kahn ("Torque"). At present, the only linked name is producer Lucas Foster ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith"). »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Gfm Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
C2M, a co-production partner of Cj Entertainment, recently backed successful Chinese-Korean productions A Wedding Invitation and Miss Granny.
William Gibson’s influential sci-fi novel from 1984 follows a smooth ‘computer cowboy’ who is banished from cyberspace after double-crossing the wrong people until a shadowy conspiracy offers him a second chance at redemption.
Foster said: “William Gibson’s books have been very prescient on the topic of Super Intelligence, which people variously call Machine Intelligence or A.I. As we surrender more and more of our thinking and imagining over to software, we lose something important and tangible in ourselves »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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