Vincenzo Natali’s NEUROMANCER Is Still Trucking Along

William Gibson’s breakthrough novel continues its long, hard road to the silver screen.

Last year Vincenzo Natali released the wonderful, batshit insane Splice, and in true modern genre tradition just about nobody liked it. I think Splice will be a cult classic in a couple of years long after everybody forgets mainstream stuff like Cowboys & Aliens, but what are you gonna do about it.

Anyway, during the press for that movie, Natali talked about his pending adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, the epoch-defining science fiction novel that introduced the concept of cyberspace. After Splice tanked I suspect everybody pretty much assumed Neuromancer had become dead in the water.

But Shock Til You Drop reports that it may yet be alive. They just received a press release about the film, and Natali seems to still be attached.

Seven Arts Pictures and GFM Films announced today that “Neuromancer,” written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and adapted from the William Gibson best-selling novel, has secured sales from distributors in the first three days of Cannes. Territories licensed include: South Korea and Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India, CIS, Poland, and the Middle East.

“Response to this cult cyberspace thriller has been tremendous and the film ticks a lot of boxes with distributors. The film will be a Canadian-European co-production with principal photography occurring in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London. Work on the visual effects has already begun, with an anticipated start date in the first quarter of 2012,” said Kate Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of Seven Arts. GFM also reported advanced discussions in Germany, the UK, France, and the USA.

Here’s hoping. I think Natali could do something really interesting with the material.