Joe Cornish took some time picking his follow-up to Attack the Block, the critically-acclaimed cult hit from 2011 that pit London street thugs against an alien invasion, but he's finally picked a doozy. Cornish has just attached himself to direct a feature film adaptation of Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel that is now considered a classic of the cyberpunk genre.
Deadline reports that Cornish will adapt Snow Crash for Paramount, the production company that originally held the film rights before finally letting go of the project. When Disney failed to get its own adaptation off the ground, Paramount decided to by the rights back and offer the gig to Cornish, who will also write the screenplay for the project. Cornish not only wrote the screenplay for Attack the Block, but also co-wrote Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and the perpetually upcoming Marvel superhero movie Ant-Man with that other acclaimed British director, Edgar Wright.
For those who haven't read it, Snow Crash follows the exploits of Hiro Protagonist (yes, that's his name), "last of the freelance hackers and the greatest swordfighter in the world," and also a pizza delivery boy. He's on a mission to save his friend, and by extension the world, from a new computer virus that affects the user as well as their computer. His adventures lead him to explore secret societies and Sumerian culture. So yeah, basically it's just full of cliches.
Cornish isn't the first director attached to Snow Crash. He follows in the footsteps of Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Marco Brambilla. Nachmanoff is probably best known for writing Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow and writing and directing the Don Cheadle thriller Traitor. Brambilla directed the sci-fi cult classic Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. With a single film under his belt, Cornish already seems to be the biggest talent to tackle the property yet.
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