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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 »

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We’ve already seen one trailer (and a couple clips) from Vincenzo Natali‘s Sundance hit Splice, which Warner Bros. will release this summer. Now there is a second trailer that shows a little more of the story and amps up the tension as Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody create a new life form. Read More »

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Vincenzo Natali is hardly a new talent. He’s been on the scene for years, starting out as a storyboard artist (primarily in animation) then moving into the director’s chair with films like Cube and Cypher.

But Splice has brought him to a new level, in part because Joel Silver, Dark Castle and Warner Bros. picked up the film and will release it this summer. The question then, naturally turns to what Natali will make next. He’s been developing a film called Tunnels, but is also now talking about two other adaptations: the J.G. Ballard novel High Rise and the Swamp Thing stories by Alan Moore. Read More »

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Vincenzo Natali‘s Splice, starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody as researchers who create a not quite human life form, has seemed like an exiciting prospect from the get-go. The film did well at Sundance, garnering good reviews and an appreciative, if appropriately befuddled reaction from our own David Chen.

Joel Silver, Dark Castle and Warner Bros. quickly made a move to buy the film, and shortly thereafter set a summer release date that surprised a lot of us. This looks like a crazy, dark, Cronenbergian genre film, and to have it bow in the summer? That’s confidence.

Now there’s a trailer for the film that shows the main setup of the story. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Vincenzo Natali to Tighten Splice’s Ending

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After going down well at Sitges and Sundance, Vincenzo Natali‘s Splice was picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. through their Dark Castle label. They’ve announced a 4th June release, which simply can’t come soon enough. But what’s this? A fly in the ointment?

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Vincenzo Natali‘s film Splice, which was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be coming to a theater near you this Summer. Joel Silver’s Dark House Entertainment and Warner Bros will be releasing this odd “gene-warping creature feature” on June 4th 2010. Read More »

Splice Director Vincenzo Natali Digs Tunnels

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Harry Potter publisher Barry Cunningham proudly declared that he had found the next world-shaking smash when he signed up authorsĀ Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams and published their book The Highfield Mole, renaming itĀ Tunnels. It doesn’t seem that he was quite right – there’s three Tunnels books so far with a fourth to come soon and I only know of one person who’s read any of them at all – but the first in the Tunnels series, unsurprisingly just called Tunnels itself, was at least was a very well received book by the press.

Today, Relativity Media announced that they have signed Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali to direct their big screen adaptation of Tunnels.

The book’s protagonist is a 14 year old Albino boy Will who follows his father into a series of subterranean tunnels. What he finds down below may seem superficially reminiscent of The City of Ember, or perhaps more so Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but it struck me as also having a lot in common with The Village. To say more would be spoiler material, I think – and not for just one film.

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Most of the deals to come out of Sundance have been fairly small, from a monetary perspective. There’s just not much cash in indies these days, so the glory days of massive buys at the fest seem to be gone for the time being.

And now along comes this reported deal for Vincenzo Natali‘s film Splice, which is all the more odd as the gene-warping creature feature certainly seemed like one of the more niche films at the fest. When the early films of David Cronenberg are regularly referenced by reviews that go on to insist that Splice gets more and more crazy, you don’t think of a massive summer release. But that’s what Joel Silver is reportedly planning. Read More »

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