I’ve never read “Snow Crash” but apparently it’s a modern-day classic of sorts. First published in 1992, the Neal Stephenson science-fiction novel has since accumulated a huge following, and a cinematic adaptation has long been anticipated. Well, it’s finally happening, thanks to Paramount Pictures securing the rights to adapt it for the big screen. According to Deadline, they’ve just hired Joe Cornish to write and direct. He’s the young Brit filmmaker who impressed many with his debut movie “Attack The Block”. This should be a great opportunity to deliver on the promise he showed there.
Here’s how the book is described: “In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about Infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.”
The premise has a lot of familiar elements. I can picture the world of say, “Blade Runner”, “Ghost In The Shell”, or even “Johnny Mnemonic” in this. Let’s see what Cornish does with the material. Kathleen Kennedy is set to produce “Snow Crash” through her company Kennedy/Marshall.