Attack the Block was the stellar indie hit that put director Joe Cornish on the map. The innovative action sci-fi comedy featured a cast of unknowns fighting what appeared to be an invading alien force. Now Cornish is confirmed to write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephensonâ€™s Snow Crash over at Paramount. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
Stephensonâ€™s novel centers on a futuristic world controlled by a corrupt corporation, where a deadly computer virus runs rampant and the only person who can stop it is a samurai/hacker/pizza delivery man named Hiro Protagonist.
Here’s the official book synopsis from Amazon:
From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internetâ€“incarnate as the Metaverseâ€“looks something like last yearâ€™s hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonistâ€“hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, whatâ€™s a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.
Based on the header image and the premise alone, this is right in Cornishâ€™s wheelhouse. He has a great understanding of mixing action, sci-fi, and comedy elements. So he should have no problem setting those tones for the Snow Crash adaption.
According to Deadline, Kennedy was the one who introduced Stephensonâ€™s novel to Cornish. Kennedy is a familiar name within the industry, as she is the one who has produced movies such as War of the Worlds, Benjamin Button, The Adventures of Tintin (which was co-written by Cornish), War Horse, and most recently Lincoln.
I am actually surprised to see Cornish take so long to get back into the directorâ€™s chair. Seemed like he couldnâ€™t find the right fit. But Snow Crash is something that most certainly fits and I canâ€™t wait to see how he brings the novel to life.