We're not likely to get either for a while, but I'd like a movie I can care about, whatever the production design. I just think character has to predominate over everything else.
That's fair enough, certainly, but like I said, it's pretty much a given. There are just some aspects that you need and that you can't make a good movie without - good dialogue and complex and involving characters are among those. But Neuromancer needs more than that, it needs a convincing, dense and frightening world that it takes place in. And in the end, I don't really have an idea which director would be best at the moment to create such a world.
I'm reading a recent article on Natali and Neuromancer that also summarises a lot of what he's said about Neuromancer. It's funny, a lot of what he' saying fits right into our discussion.
"One of the obstacles in the selling of this movie to the industry at large is that everyone says, "Oh, well, The Matrix did it already." Because The Matrix -- the very word "matrix" -- is taken from Neuromancer, they stole that word, I can't use it in our movie. And there are a number of other similarities. But first of all, I like that movie. And second of all, I feel it's a completely different film than what Neuromancer will be because The Matrix is very much a comic book film. It exists in a comic book kind of universe, whereas one of the things that's so extraordinary about the book is that it doesn't feel like a book that was written about the future. It feels like a book that was written from the future, in the future, and so it almost has a documentary -- as poetic as it is, it has a very documentary-like, almost realistic take on what that future world will be. So I felt that that was my window into that world."
"And so this domain, where you project yourself into it as the cyberjockeys do inNeuromancer is not necessarily very friendly for human beings. Whereas wetware, as carbon-based lifeforms, we're really not designed -- evolution hasn't designed us to go into that kind of virtual environment. So it's a very rough ride and only certain people can do it. And it's a very trippy, grey line between once you enter that space between what is generated in your own mind and your own consciousness, and what actually exists as an empirical cyber-reality.
"So I guess what I'm saying is that our version of cyberspace is a much more complicated, messy, and hopefully sophisticated depiction of what that world would be, as opposed toTRON and Matrix -- which again, I love those movies, but in my mind they're a very simplified, kind of Disneyfied or comic bookified version of what that reality might be."
Sounds like it's still supposed to happen. I wish him luck, if it does.
(There's also an article in bleeding cool that says Bruce Willis may be sort of attached to the movie. I assume for the character of Armitage.)
Edited by Christian U, 17 February 2012 - 07:54 PM.