'Deadpool's Tim Miller To Helm 'Neuromancer'; Fox Lands William Gibson Cyberpunk Tale

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2017

According to Deadline, Miller and his VFX company Blur will be building an adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel Neuromancer "from the ground up", with Simon Kinberg serving as a producer under his Kinberg Genre banner, which has a first look deal with Fox.

James Cameron and Miller are now working on resurrecting "The Terminator" film franchise, and several writers are said to be in talks about where to take the motion picture next.

Deadpool director Tim Miller's busy schedule is getting a little busier. Neuromancer is a famously gritty cyberpunk thriller, and Miller's direction with Deadpool shows that he's certainly capable of delivering the sort of stylistic take Gibson's world deserves.

T.J. Miller - who plays Deadpool's best friend Weasel - recently revealed the second film won't follow the "same [story] in a different location" and will instead involve "different stakes".

Previously, director Vincenzo Natali was attached to helm the Neuromancer movie, but he's no longer involved. Meanwhile, Tim Miller has been lining up a series of big dates in the hopes of finding someone new, but all of his projects increasingly come across as if they're hastily chosen rebounds. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. However, Neuromancer is the flawless material for Miller to pick up.

Neuromancer has been credited with popularising the word "cyberspace", which Gibson coined in his 1982 novelette Burning Chrome.

While Gibson's seminal sci-fi novel has never received a film adaptation, it has had its part in influencing other big screen science fiction movies, particularly The Matrix, which took the concept of "jacking in" from the book as well as much of the virtual reality stuff.

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