Has anyone read Neuromancer?
If you haven’t, don’t worry. We’re all waiting for the Neuromancer movie.
News has just broke that Tim Miller will direct the film adaptation of Neuromancer. This is exciting news, considering that Tim Miller’s Deadpool was successful at the box office.
It’s also exciting because Neuromancer is an OG when it comes to cyberpunk.
If you’re not aware, Cyberpunk (i.e. like Steam Punk) is a sub-genre of science fiction that primarily focuses on the advanced use of technology in an (often) dystopia future. Can you think of any other movies that match this description — Blade Runner (1982), The Matrix (1999) or Metropolis (1927).
The Matrix (1999) – an epic cyberpunk movie
But let’s get back to the point. What is Neuromancer?
Neuromancer is written by William Gibson in 1984. The plot follows a computer hacker named Henry Case who’s recruited by a “street samurai” to steal valuable information from cyberspace or “the matrix.” As the story goes on, there’s more to the plan than meets the eye (but isn’t it always like this.) Not surprisingly, a film adaptation of Neuromancer has been in the works since the early 2000s.
In the meantime, there are a lot of movies that were influenced by Gibson’s work.
For example, the Wachowskis were influenced by Ghost in The Shell (1995) and Neuromancer prior to the production of The Matrix (1999). When Morpheus (played by Lawrence Fishburn) refers to the human dreamworld-prison as the matrix — it’s essentially slight nod to Gibson’s work. It’s the same way as the cybernetic mainframe in Neuromancer is called the matrix as well. Upon the release of The Matrix, some fans thought it was actually a revised version of Neuromancer.
What do you guys think? Anyone exciting for the Neuromancer movie?
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