10 August, 2017
Simon Kinberg will be producing the project. From Jumper to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Elysium, Chappie, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Apocalypse, the track record gives cause for concern for fans of the seminal cyberpunk novel, the first in Gibson's Sprawl trilogy.
Back when Deadline revealed that Deadpool helmer Tim Miller had dropped out of the sequel of his hit movie over creative differences, Fox insiders said the studio would work hard to make sure that it found a major project for Miller and his VFX studio Blur to build from the ground up.
After spending most of his career as a special effects guru, Miller now has a one-hit-wonder with his directorial debut, 2016's R-rated, record breaking Deadpool.
Previously, director Vincenzo Natali was attached to helm the Neuromancer movie, but he's no longer involved. Neuromancer won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards and is the story of Case, a console cowboy who stole from one of his employers. Broke and destroying himself, Case is contacted by Molly, a heavily modified razorgirl, to work for a shadowy colonel who needs a cyberspace cowboy for a secret mission.
Much like the novel, the Neuromancer film is likely to follow Henry Dorsett Case, a former hacker who had been stripped of his ability to plug into cyberspace.
Miller only has Deadpool to his credit and is working on rehashing the why-won't-you-just-die-already Terminator franchise. That film is expected to start production next spring. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan.