AICN hits us with some truly cool news today, as reports indicate Joe Cornish of Attack the Block fame has been given the greenlight from Paramount to write and direct an adaptation of the acclaimed cyber-punk novel Snow Crash.
If you’ve ever been bitten by the cyber-punk bug in your life, chances are you’ve read Neal Stephenson’s 1992 tale of a not-so-distant future in which a sword-slinging pizza delivery guy struggles to save society from a deadly biolinguistic virus dating all the way back to the Tower of Babel.
Fans of Snow Crash have long dreamt of a movie adaptation, though there have been some who claim the novel is un-filmable. It will be interesting to see what concessions, if any, Joe Cornish has to make with the script in order to keep the dense plot accessible to mainstream audiences.
Either way, it’s a positive sign that Paramount is putting their money behind such a potentially challenging and ground-breaking piece of science fiction.