Director Joe Cornish kicked down a few doors last year with his feature film debut Attack the Block. The alien invasion thriller blends action, monsters, and social commentary into one hell of a kickass movie. Cornish is now set to write and direct a big screen adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk novel Snow Crash for Paramount.
The story takes place in the Los Angeles of the near future. The federal government has ceded the majority of control over to corporations and businesses, and private companies and organized crime run almost everything. Hiro Protagonist, the main character, is “a computer hacker/samurai swordsman/pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.” The man has a lot of irons in the fire, not to mention one hell of a name. A computer virus that’s taking down hackers and Hiro has to save the day.
Snow Crash became a best seller when it was first published in 1992. That same year Paramount started trying to develop the property. They ultimately abandoned the project, which then went to Disney, but it has languished in development hell ever since.
Cornish’s name has floated around a number of high-profile projects, including A Good Day to Die Hard and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, among others. Even without helming a movie, the Brit has kept busy, writing things like The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man with Edgar Wright.
Attack the Block was one of my favorite movies of 2011, and I’m excited to see what Cornish does next. Snow Crash sounds like an intense follow up. In reality Attack the Block was a relatively small, contained story. Snow Crash on the other hand sounds like a massive, sprawling world. It’ll be curious to see what Cornish does with this story and set up.