‘Neuromancer’ Goes Into Pre-Production

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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While it’s easy to look at the past through rose-colored glasses (or bloody ones, in this case) and think that there have been many great horror film anthologies, that’s just not the case. There are certainly a lot of horror anthology films, but few amount to much. I’m hoping that Paris, I’ll Kill You, a horror riff on Paris, je t’aime, will be the exception.

This project boasts a hell of a directorial lineup: Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Frontiere(s), Hitman), Joern Heitmann (Tokio Hotel), Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Midnight Meat Train), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Paco Plaza ([REC], [REC] 2) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle). I can’t imagine any genre film fan not anticipating this at least a bit with that set of filmmakers corralled into one space. Read More »

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twidvd-spliceThis past summer, a movie called Splice hit theaters everywhere, and while we on the /Filmcast enjoyed it greatly, the rest of America didn’t so much. The movie was considered a box office dud. In this episode of the /Filmcast: After Dark, we chat with Splice’s director, Vincenzo Natali, about the aftermath of Splice’s release, what the movie’s performance meant to him, and what McDonald’s has in common with the modern movie scene. Splice is now available on on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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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 »

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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 »

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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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/Filmcast Ep. 103 – Splice

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Splice PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the pleasures of Get Him To the Greek, praise the filmmaking of Exit Through the Gift Shop, and try to figure out whether or not The Usual Suspects holds up on repeat viewings. /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta and /Film writer Russ Fischer join us for this episode.

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Splice – What Did You Think?

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Vincenzo Natali’s Splice is out in theaters everywhere today, and I couldn’t be more curious and excited. Why? Excited because I consider the Natali to be a bold talent, who is just at the beginning of an incredibly accomplished directing career; curious, because I want to know to what degree general audiences are willing to open their minds (and their wallets) for such a bizarre film. The movie has already divided critics, with some proclaiming its one of the best films of the summer while others are calling it “repulsive.”

We are going to be covering this movie a bunch more in the weeks ahead (I have an interview AND a Q&A with Natali that I will post on the site soon), but in the meantime, I want to hear what you guys think of this movie. Hit the jump for a few more of my thoughts, and please post your own in the comments. Also, feel free to check out Natali’s entertaining appearance on the /Filmcast from this past week.
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