Joe Cornish To Direct Snow Crash Adaptation

Popular novel to get the film treatment in a truly exciting project.

Posted 15th June 2012, 10:52am in Joe Cornish, Snow Crash, News
Joe Cornish To Direct Snow Crash Adaptation

We’ve been eagerly awaiting any project Joe Cornish has been attached to since 2011’s urban alien invasion flick Attack The Block, and as the director works away with Edgar Wright on the planned Ant Man film, another project has come to light.

Neil Stephenson’s immensely popular novel Snow Crash had previously been thought unfilmable, but Deadline reports that Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy has picked it up for her company Kennedy/Marshall. Cornish will write and direct an adaptation, in what sounds like a truly exciting undertaking.

Set in a future where the US is divided into franchised city-states, run by private interests and organised crime, a deadly computer virus manifests itself as a drug called Snow Crash, which fries the brains of unsuspecting computer users. The awesomely named Hiro Protagonist, a computer hacker-cum-pizza delivery driver, picks up his samurai sword and gets to work saving the world.
The Amazon synopsis for the novel sounds like a truly epic piece of science fiction, and we can’t wait to hear more about this project;

Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.