I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.
Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).
Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
After many years in development, the Neuromancer movie has taken a big step forward by securing new funding. At the same time, though, it has lost director Vincenzo Natali, who’s been attached for the past five years. Get all the details on the Neuromancer Vincenzo Natali news after the jump. Read More »
You’re about to get a glimpse into the process of three projects in radically different stages of development. First there’s Neuromancer, based on the 1984 cyberpunk novel from William Gibson, which is in the early stages of pre-production. Next there’s Disney’s Frozen, the company’s 2013 animated musical which is currently being animated. Finally there’s The Avengers, the year’s most successful movie, which hits the home market in September.
After the jump, you can see concept art from all three projects and read much more about them. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been quite some time since we got an update on Vincenzo Natali‘s adaptation of William Gibson‘s sci-fi novel Neuromancer, but if today’s news actually pans out it definitely seems worth the wait. Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg have reportedly just received offers for the lead roles, though it should be noted that nothing’s locked down at the moment. And even if and when it is, it’ll still be some time before we see the pair hacking into cyberspace, as the same story says the film is on track to hit theaters in 2014. More details after the jump.
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After years in development, Vincenzo Natali’s Neuromancer is finally moving forward. According to a press release, the film has secured sales from distributors at Cannes and visual effects work has already begun. Filming will begin in 2012 with locations in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London.
Neuromancer is an adaptation of William Gibson’s award-winning book of the same name. The book is widely regarded as visionary, foretelling certain aspects of the internet and coining the term “cyberspace.” Read more of what we know about the project after the jump.
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After making his biggest splash this year with the genetic thriller Splice, director Vincenzo Natali suddenly has the option to do some films he’s wanted to do for some time. One of those is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, which is now being scripted by Richard Stanley in conjunction with Natali. Read More »
Because it’s been a story confirmation kinda evening (Pirates 4 casting, Breaking Dawn split, etc) why not throw out the official confirmation of a movie that could be a bit more exciting than those others? We’d heard not long ago that Splice director Vincenzo Natali would direct an adaptation of William Gibson‘s novel Neuromancer, and now there’s an official release making the news, er, official. Read More »
A few weeks ago, after Splice screened in Boston for the first time, I had the opportunity to sit down with director Vincenzo Natali for a lengthy, 35-minute long interview. Vincenzo spoke about how he first got his start directing films, his attitude towards the Cube sequels, the themes of Splice, and his approach towards adapting Neuromancer and High Rise. Plus, some insights about the ending of Splice (with spoilers clearly marked in the video).
Hit the jump for some highlights, plus the full video interview. Splice is out now in theaters everywhere.
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One of the seemingly eternal residents of Development Hell has been William Gibson‘s novel Neuromancer. While the novel has influenced more films than any of us could count, the various adaptations that producers have tried to mount over the years have all stalled out, most in the early stages. That might be for the best, given the fact that movies based on certain speculative authors (Gibson, Philip K. Dick) so often seem to miss the point.
For the last couple years, Torque director Joseph Kahn (this week’s /Filmcast guest) was working on a version that was said to star Hayden Christensen. That was announced in early 2008 and we haven’t heard much more than glimmers about it since. Now the deal is off (or, now we know the deal is off) and there’s a new director on board: Vincenzo Natali, whose film Splice is about to go into wide release via Warner Bros. Read More »
Fans of William Gibson repeat after me: Woosah. Is the famous cyberpunk author’s 1984 masterwork Neuromancer finally headed to the big screen with Darth Vader himself, Hayden Christensen, in the lead role? That’s what sources are telling Joblo. Christensen would star as Case, a talented hacker whose poisoned nervous system reduces him to hustling Japan’s dystopian streets before he gets the offer of his lifetime. Joseph Kahn, who helmed the Fast and the Furious biker knockoff Torque as well as Britney’s “Toxic” video, is attached to direct the $70 million independent production.
The general consensus seems to be, “It’s not perfect casting, but let’s wait until February’s Jumper to bring out the pitchforks. And yeah, the director’s past work is obnoxious, but the fat budget and the indie status hold promise.” I liked Christensen in Shattered Glass but that’s about it. While he has the “vacant-eyed replica” look down to a science, he’s not right for this film, especially if it keeps the novel’s love interest intact as reported.
And it’s spilt milk, but Gibson has admitted that Chris Cunningham, previously attached, was the only suitable director for this project. From Wikipedia: The novel examines the concepts of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state, and cyberspace long before these ideas became fashionable in popular culture. This is difficult material that can be easily be mistreated like an MTV Blade Runner. Let’s hope Gibson doesn’t have the notoriously shoddy luck of Philip K. Dick when it comes to film adaptations.