Last month, it was announced that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer were taking on an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s dense, polarizing sci-fi tome Seveneves. Since then, there’s been no additional word, on possible casting, a shooting date, or even an estimated release date. Which isn’t surprising, given the massive task of adapting Seveneves. Some more negative types are even taking this to mean the project may be abandoned soon. And now, thanks to a Collider interview with producer Frank Marshall, we have word that another Neal Stephenson movie project, a Snow Crash adaptation, may get started first.
Synopsis of Snow Crash
For those who aren’t familiar with the novel, here’s a brief synopsis:
“In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra 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.”
The novel is also notable for being an inspiration for real-world tech like Google Earth, and for bringing the term “avatar” into popular use.
Update on the Snow Crash Adaptation
Here’s what Marshall had to say:
“It’s a very, very cool book; and Joe Cornish is developing it with us and I hope we get started on that next year, I’m excited about that one… It’s a complicated story. It takes place in the near future and it has a lot of virtual reality in it, it’s a character that goes back-and-forth between what’s called the ‘metaverse’ in Los Angeles, but the sequences are fantastic and it really gives Joe the opportunity to show that great imagination that he has and create some fantastic scenes. If you look it up you’ll see it’s sort of the bible of the internet universe. Neil wrote this back in the ‘90s and you’ll see it’s a very highly regarded book.”
Cornish first started gaining notice with his feature film writing / directing debut Attack the Block, which was generally well received. Since then, he’s contributed writing to both The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man, though he has yet to settle on his next directorial project. He’s reportedly been offered some big budget projects, like Star Trek Beyond, but he’s turned them down in favor of working on his own projects.
Could It Be John Boyega and Joe Cornish’s Next Project?
John Boyega recently teased that he may be collaborating again with Cornish (Boyega was the star of Attack the Block) with this mysterious tweet last month:
Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 25, 2016
And it’s possible they could be working on the Snow Crash adaptation. At the very least, it’s good to hear the project is still rattling around in people’s minds. Here’s to hoping Marshall’s not just being optimistic, and the Snow Crash adaptation gets rolling soon.