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Neuromancer Finally Getting Made?

Neuromancer cover art

Well, io9 is passing along the word that Neuromancer has gone back into active development now that Hayden Christensen is reportedly attached.

Now first of all, let’s not get overly excitable about this. Films go in and out of development all the time. If I had a dime for every time the Interwebs went apeshit because of the latest Superman 5 news, I would already be able to quit my day job. And how long did that film take to hit cinemas so it could fail? Years and years. Neuromancer has been in development for the last ten years at least. And people get attached to films all the time, for various and sundry reasons I won’t get into here. So let’s all stay as calm as we can, caffeinated as we are.

As for who we think should be cast, I would still think a great deal of our old DreamCast (still in the archive, we’ll get to it eventually) would be valid. I don’t have a problem with Christensen personally, although I think Jumper will prove him one way or the other to sci-fi geeks, now that he’s got a real director working with him. I mean, let’s face it: if all you knew about Natalie Portman was the prequel trilogy, you’d think she sucked too.

For the way not to do Neuromancer, we’d point you to our previous post about the comic book adaptation.

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  • Hmmmph. I can see him pull it off, but it’d take one helluva screenplay to catch up Neuromancer to today. I’d gladly take a swing at it, mind you!

  • You and me both, my friend. I would think the best bet would be to embrace the retro-future feel of things rather than try to fight it.