Neuromancer

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Genre filmmaker Vincenzo Natali takes a whipping for his taste. Up to now the director of Splice has only made original properties, no adaptations, sequels, or reboots. Natali may be adapting Neuormancer and High Rise at the moment, but even there he isn’t taking the easiest path. Both are niche properties, something Natali is well-aware of when it comes to the two books (and to his own films). At this year’s South by Southwest he premiered what he considers his most accessible movie yet, Haunter. Natali describes the subversive ghost story as a mix of Igmar Bergman and John Hughes, making for an odd but promising sounding combo. We spoke to Natali about the film before the festival, and here’s what he had to say about Haunter, the difficulty of making movies nowadays, and more:

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Neuromancer Concept Art

The reason we call the internet Cyberspace is because of William Gibson‘s “Neuromancer.” The seminal cyberpunk novel quietly crept into the subconscience of our culture – somehow capturing both the 1980s zeitgeist and the feeling of the future to come. Now, after several directorial attempts, Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) is the latest to take a stab at it, and a new website featuring a bit of concept art offers hope that the film will actually come to light this time around. GFM Films’ website also claims that offers have gone out to Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg to play the lead roles, Armitage and Case. Whether they take the roles, and whether the film moves forward after that, is something we’ll have to wait to see. Either way, it’s exciting momentum. Here’s the plot synopsis from the production:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that will soon be shot almost exclusively in IMAX. What this means for you is that you’ll need to get a bigger monitor, as this column will only appear to those whose monitors are at least 70 feet tall. We feel that’s the only way to read it. We promise to make it worth your while. According to a handy press release from Warner Bros., we can now confirm that production has begun on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. For those who have not heard of this project, it’s the third in Nolan’s somewhat popular series of Batman movies. But wait, there’s more: “Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on The Dark Knight, which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras.” Oh yes!

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