Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

'Attack The Block' Helmer Joe Cornish To Write & Direct Adaptation Of Neal Stephenson's 'Snow Crash'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 14, 2012 at 9:00PM

What do you do if you're the director of a cult movie that puts your name on the tongues of Hollywood executive types? If you're Joe Cornish, you wisely take a step back to consider your options. While the director behind "Attack The Block" likely had a lot of doors suddenly made available to him last year, he's been cautious. Along with Edgar Wright, he wrote "Ant-Man" for Marvel and "The Adventures Of Tintin" for Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, and was noted for the movies he didn't do such as "A Good Day To Die Hard" (which he turned down) and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (which he was shortlisted for). But now he's picked something, and lest you think he's not ready to make a big leap, guess again.
6
Joe Cornish Snow Crash

What do you do if you're the director of a cult movie that puts your name on the tongues of Hollywood executive types? If you're Joe Cornish, you wisely take a step back to consider your options. While the director behind "Attack The Block" likely had a lot of doors suddenly made available to him last year, he's been cautious. Along with Edgar Wright, he wrote "Ant-Man" for Marvel and "The Adventures Of Tintin" for Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, and was noted for the movies he didn't do such as "A Good Day To Die Hard" (which he turned down) and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (which he was shortlisted for). But now he's picked something, and lest you think he's not ready to make a big leap, guess again.

Deadline reports that Cornish will write and direct an adapation of Neal Stephenson's famed sci-fi novel "Snow Crash." Named by Time magazine as one of the all-time best English language novels, the story could loosely be described as cyperpunk, set in a not too distant future where the corporatization of American has run amuk, the mafia controls pizza delivery, and internet has highly evolved into something called the Metaverse. Anyway, we'll let this Amazon synopsis do the heavy lifting:

In California of the near future, when the U.S. is only a "Burbclave" (city-state), the Mafia is just another franchise chain (CosaNostrastet Pizza, Incorporated) and there are no laws to speak of, Hiro Protagonist follows clues from the Bible, ancient Sumer and high technology to help thwart an attempt to take control of civilization--such as it is. When he logs on to Metaverse, an imaginary place entered via computer, Hiro encounters Juanita Marquez, a "radical" Catholic and computer whiz. She warns him off Snow Crash (a street drug named for computer failure) and gives him a file labeled Babel (as in Tower of Babel). Another friend, sp ok/pk Da5id, who ignores Juanita's warning, computer crashes out of Metaverse into the real world, where he physically collapses. Hiro, Juanita, Y.T. (a freewheeling, skateboard-riding courier) and sundry other Burbclave and franchise power figures see some action on the way to finding out who is behind this bizarre "drug" with ancient roots.

The project is set up over at Paramount and we think Cornish is the right guy to take this on, but we have some reservations. Mostly, in that these sort of cyperpunk-ish stories have a dodgy track record on the big screen for the most part, and it will be a challenge to bring all the myth-making into a more mainstream geared project (which we're guessing it is, considering it's set up at a major studio). But if anyone has proven to be both genre smart and broadly appealing, it's Cornish, and the book (and writer) already has a massive fanbase as well. And given how careful Cornish has been thus far, something about the material clearly speaks to him, so we'll be excited to see what he does with it.

This article is related to: Joe Cornish, Snow Crash


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates