'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller to Direct the New 'Neuromancer' Movie

Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 10:33AM
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 10:33AM
'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller to Direct the New 'Neuromancer' Movie
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It's hard not to think of the unexpected departure of director Tim Miller from Deadpool 2 in terms of a messy breakup. Ryan Reynolds and Fox quickly fell into a new relationship with John Wick's David Leitch, and based on set photos, they all seem very happy together. Meanwhile, Tim Miller has been lining up a series of big dates in the hopes of finding someone new, but all of his projects increasingly come across as if they're hastily chosen rebounds.

First, Miller was tied to the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action/cartoon-hybrid project. Then, it was announced that he was planning a Terminator movie with James Cameron, just as soon as Cameron gets the rights to the franchise organized and gets a little headspace clear after all his Avatar plans have finished consuming his attention. Now, Miller is attached to Neuromancer, a movie based on the quintessential cyberpunk novel by William Gibson that's been kicking around Hollywood in some form or another for decades. We even got to see some concept art at one point, even though it didn't amount to anything.




Certainly, this feels like a far more solid project for Miller to be working on than a Sonic the Hedgehog film. This movie may have stalled multiple times in the past, with Joseph Kahn and Vincenzo Natali attached to direct at various periods of this project's time in development hell, but if ever there was a time for Neuromancer to make it to the big screen, it's now. Cyperpunk is in vogue at the moment, as evidenced by the release of Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner 2049, both of which feature neon-soaked dark metropolitan cities that are brimming with uniquely shady criminals. What's more, with Ready Player One bringing us dystopian virtual reality in the near future, it's clear that visually stunning, over-the-top science fiction is going to be a big part of the movie scene for the next few years.

Neuromancer fits this bill perfectly. One of the earliest big cyberpunk works, the book tells the story of a crippled hacker named Case fighting advanced artificial intelligence in dark metropolises and futuristic satellite-resorts with a dead good ol' boy called the Flatline, whose mind is preserved in digital space. If Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg (who, by the way, is tackling another sci-fi movie in the form of X-Men: Dark Phoenix) can actually get this thing pushed into production, it has the potential to hit the movie zeitgeist at exactly the right moment.

Coming from a background in visual effects, Tim Miller's strength has always been big, eye-catching spectacles that make the audience sit up and pay attention. Deadpool has proven that he's also capable of providing this on a shoestring budget, which may go a long way to helping this thing get further along in production that previous attempts at the source material. For the moment, it's probably best not to put too much stock on Miller's version of Neuromancer making it to theaters. After all, Miller has a lot of half-projects on the go at the moment, and with this movie's slow development up to this point, it's possible that this might be just another fizzled attempt.

That said, if Miller can pull off the impossible and actually film Neuromancer, it would probably fit right in with the kinds of movies we'll be seeing in the next few years. If he does a good enough job, Miller will be able to prove that his success on Deadpool wasn't just a fluke, and that he doesn't need Ryan Reynolds in order to make a spectacular movie.
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