The writer and director of Attack the Block, Joe Cornish, is going to tackle one of the most beloved titles in the cyberpunk sub genre. Neil Stephenson's novel Snow Crash.
The book is set in the near future, when the U.S. exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and private enterprise and the mafia control everything. The plot involves a computer virus that is manifested as a drug called Snow Crash that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains. Hiro Protagonist - that's the character's name - a computer hacker/samurai swordsman/pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.
God help you Cornish if you get this wrong. I. Love. This. Book. I read it at least once a year and I cannot fathom how you are going to do it. There is so much to cover. Rat Things. The Metaverse. The gatling gun called Reason. Y.T's skateboard and harpoon. Oh. I want to see all of this and more. This is one of those projects that I will scrutinize the most because of how much I love this book.
At least they haven't asked you to adapt Stephenson's The Diamond Age where information was transmitted during acts of sexual intercourse. I think that is one for a different kind of film industry.
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