Thursday, June 03, 2010

Neuromancer as Film; Predators;

Hey! Hope everyone is doing okay. Rainy day here in Austin today. Kind of nice, given the fact that we may be in for a very long, hot summer.

And what's going on? Well, there's gotta be something to talk about besides the Deepwater Horizon leak....

I just read today that director Vincenzo Natali, the director of the upcoming horror film Splice, is currently working on a movie version of the William Gibson cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. Although I'm not sure how I feel about Natali as a director (don't really know enough about him to have a really firm opinion- I saw The Cube, though, and found it sort of interesting and thought provoking), I'm kind of intrigued by the idea of Neuromancer being made into a movie. I read the novel when I was much younger (I think in early to mid high school), and to be honest, I think the twists and turns of the book just sort of overwhelmed me. The book is very dense and over the top and surreal, blending really advanced computer technology, a dystopian view of a future earth, convoluted and cynical views about future governments and corporations, and some wild characters who often seem to be on the edge of self destruction. The book's complicated plot moves along at a pretty brisk pace, and back when I read it I remember feeling like I had barely come to terms with understanding one part of the book before it had already moved along to something else.
Anyway, Neuromancer was kind of confusing back when I read it, but it always seemed cool. It had a sort of compelling feel and aesthetic to it, and even when I wasn't clear on the implications of every detail, I remember enjoying the read.
So it'll be interesting to see if Natali can adapt the thing into a coherent screenplay, much less a decent movie. If he pulls it off, the movie is sure to be a wild ride.

What else? In keeping with the whole entertainment news theme, it sounds like Robert Rodriguez's production company is getting set to release Predators in July. I'm not really going to go out on a limb and say that this is going to be a good movie (there have been some pretty mediocre Predator movies in recent years, including the extremely forgettable AVP: Aliens vs. Predator), but somehow I stil feel like there's still a possibility that the movie could be fun. It's got sort of an interesting cast (including people like Adrien Brody and Topher Grace), and I still feel like the overall Predator concept could be pretty cool if executed properly.
Anyway, it might at least prove to be an entertaining matinee.

And I know that's not much, but it might be all that I have today. Between still feeling just a little sick and having a lot to do, I just don't have the time.

Hope you adventurers are doing well, though! Sorry about the short posts. It's not you- it's me!

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