By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2012 at 4:27PM
Joe Cornish, director of last year's badass alien-invasion-social-problem hybrid "Attack the Block," is now attached to write and direct author Neal Stephenson's 1992 thriller "Snow Crash," which Time Magazine lists as one of the all-time best English-language novels since 1923. While the novel was grabbed by studio producers at the time of its publishing, it's long been considered unfilmable.
"Snow Crash" is set in the former half of the 21st century (dates unspecified), and follows hacker Hiro Protagonist who discovers a computer virus/drug called Snow Crash with the terrifying power to affect users in both their physical and virtual lives. As the use of Snow Crash becomes an epidemic, Hiro must figure out why it was created in the first place.
Cornish did a bang-up job with "Attack the Block," breathing scary, razor-edge life into what is often a tired genre. (Those hairy, glowing-eyed aliens are some of the freshest and most horrifying in recent memory, along with the powder-white proto-humans in "Prometheus.") We're fascinated to see what he does with an adaptation that's been daunting the industry for 20 years.
Check out the TOH interview with Cornish: