"Adaptation Issues", and a Neuromancer movie?

Ahh what to do while test runs finish? Sometimes I get additional real work done, but when it gets close to a holiday, or just the end of a day, I visit Movie websites.

Coming Soon recently quoted an article from Variety about one of my favorite novels - William Gibson's Neuromancer getting a producer for a (long-overdue, IMHO) movie.

Now granted, some of the book hasn't aged very well (Gibson's introduction to a recent re-issue asks about the lack of cell phones), but some of it would still translate VERY nicely to the big screen. Of course, the last major-release attempt to bring one of his works to the big screen was a dismal failure, story-wise, even though (again IMHO) the look-and-feel was close.

Another movie site I visit introduced me to a phrase - "adaptation issues". Basically, if one has enjoyed a story in one form, one may have problem what that story is retold in another form. Ask die-hard (insert-book or comic here) fans about how (book or comic)'s movie version just messed things up SO BADLY. Often, some of their criticisms turn out to be well-based, other times, it's just acute fan{boy,girl} nitpicking. One's adaptation issues seem to be tied to how beloved the original source material is by someone. My only real experience with adaptation issues was the reaction I had to Johnny Mnemonic, where I felt like there was a wonderful opportunity that had been squandered. I really hope Neuromancer's movie adaptation doesn't leave me feeling the same way.

To that end, I'm going to resurrect a conversation I had with a former movie-site writer about who should be cast in a Neuromancer movie. Hey Widge -- care to revisit that cast again?
Comments:

I just read on IMDB that Peter Weir is set to direct \*Pattern Recognition\*, Gibson's latest novel. Weir was the director of "Dead Poet's Society".

Posted by David Stewart on May 21, 2007 at 05:34 AM EDT #

Dan: How goes? Yeah, the book hasn't aged well (in some respects) but I wouldn't change a thing. It's science fiction, naturally, and why should a sci-fi future have to look like OUR sci-real future? So there's no cell phones. Whatever. Do the book justice on the screen and no one will care. We're going to be revisiting ALL our DreamCasts. And soon. AND we'll be doing something a little different with them on top of everything else. Sigh. Like I needed another freakin' project. P.S. And Johnny Mnemonic, though crap on a stick, still gets points for having the most surreal fight of the 90s: Henry Rollins, as a scientist, grappling with Dolph Lundgren, as an assassin priest. I mean, come on: that's comedy gold, brother.

Posted by Widgett Walls on May 21, 2007 at 01:04 PM EDT #

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