ATTACK THE BLOCK's Joe Cornish To Adapt Stephenson's SNOW CRASH

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
The writer and director of Attack the Block, Joe Cornish, is going to tackle one of the most beloved titles in the cyberpunk sub genre. Neil Stephenson's novel Snow Crash

The book is set in the near future, when the U.S. exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and private enterprise and the mafia control everything. The plot involves a computer virus that is manifested as a drug called Snow Crash that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains. Hiro Protagonist - that's the character's name - a computer hacker/samurai swordsman/pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.

God help you Cornish if you get this wrong. I. Love. This. Book. I read it at least once a year and I cannot fathom how you are going to do it. There is so much to cover. Rat Things. The Metaverse. The gatling gun called Reason. Y.T's skateboard and harpoon. Oh. I want to see all of this and more. This is one of those projects that I will scrutinize the most because of how much I love this book. 

At least they haven't asked you to adapt Stephenson's The Diamond Age where information was transmitted during acts of sexual intercourse. I think that is one for a different kind of film industry. 
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  • yojimbo

    I read the book along time ago when it came out . Is it not that the female protagonist (no pun intended) who is the pizza delivery driver . You know the one who gets a kind of a crush on the huge Inuit who has a nuke wired into his motorcycle sidecar .

  • Andrew Mack

    Ah. No. YT is a just a courier. She delivers the pizza for Hiro when he crashes his car in the opening of the book. She then gets involved in the story and with Uncle Enzo because of that and with Raven. I'm due for my annual re-read but I gave it - along with Diamond Age and Gibson's SPRAWL trilogy - to someone a while ago to bring them up to speed on the the genre.

  • yojimbo

    Cool thanks for clearing that up . Need to re-read the book myself . Talking of sword wielding protagonists Neal Stephenson has a Kickstarter project going called CLANG . He and others are trying to

    better simulate sword fighting in computer games as in not using gamepads or mouse and keyboard .

  • MarsHottentot

    Very nice!!

    It's funny, Snow Crash reads very much like a great sci-fi movie but the very nature of Hiro Protagonist (Afro-Asian American) makes for huge problems with Hollywood's traditional Euro-centric casting (assuming that's who's fronting the cash). Fingers crossed, here.

  • bewarethemoon

    I chanced on the book in the early 90's and loved it, not only for the characters, the possible future(s) but the elements of religion and science Stephenson managed to intertwine into a real page turner.

    Getting the balance between the pop culture sheen and the heady scientific foundations is going going to be a challenge!

    I commented that with the success of Prometheus in bringing high concept science fiction back to the cinema, it may pave the way for more, well... here we are! I hope he gets a big enough budget, I just wonder how he's going to fit all the book into a movie format without sacrificing elements? He could trim some of the wordy, deep tangents Stephenson goes off on, great as an aside, but not in a movie!

    All I can say is Good look mate! go for it!!!

    Here's a couple of posters I designed, hard to believe I designed the colour version in 2000, the vector version just a few months ago

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Snowcrash-Vector/3021183

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Snowcrash/2945607

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