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Just received a message from THE MANAGER regarding a new deck of Cyberpunk playing cards on Kickstarter.

This reminded me of a long held dream/wish/aspiration/whatever.

William Gibson is one of my favourite Sci-Fi authors. Why oh Why hasn't there been a movie of "Neuromancer" ?
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Who would the audience be caring about? The burnt-out thief (Case)? Molly mirrorshades? The reconstructed solider kept together by a flimsy backstory and meds?, McCoy Pauley's digital ghost?, Finn? Collapsing some of the story down to a prison-break-out with hired help, Wintermute's perspective, would work with some additional input from Gibson.

Maybe one of his newer works would make the transition, say The Peripheral?
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Sadly I think you're right Jonathan, Neuromancer has missed the boat, 1980s would have been perfect imho. I have 'Peripheral' in my bookcase but have not read it yet: Magic is all-consumimg at the moment. Some scenes from Blade Runner were, for me, very Gibson-esque and Ridley Scott would have made a good job of it I think, but that was the time, not now I fear.
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Agreed about the early chapters meeting Molly and Finn. Not sure about the chapters with Dixie or Armitage and then later on with 3Jane in the giant orbiting resort/mansion.

I liked the scenes in Blade Runner where the foggy neon lit noir world filled the screen. You could almost hear William Burroughs describing the place as a late night visit to an old department store just after they put out a fire. Where you can't tell the people from the mannequins, the police from the bargain hunters, and nobody wants to admit the staff party got out of hand.

There's a comic book version of Neromancer (the first half). And there's a more recent story Gibson in comic book form "Archangel". Smile
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Go to the "Neuromancer" entry on Wikipedia and scroll all the way down to the "film" section at the bottom. There has been a long history of repeated aborted attempts to make a Neuromancer movie, and some talk, as of 2017, of yet another attempt in the works.
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Thanks JT I will seek out those comic books asap.
EK sadly that's true, lots of movie 'talk' but never any product.

I think/hope there is still a place for a Gibsonesque movie, but I think you would have to ditch the 'CYBERSPACE' aspect which has now pretty much become reality (the Internet), and replace it with some kind of 'Virtual Reality' world, a La 'Second Life' maybe?
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On Jan 10, 2019, art85y wrote:
... Gibsonesque movie, but I think you would have to ditch the 'CYBERSPACE' aspect which has now pretty much become reality (the Internet), and replace it with some kind of 'Virtual Reality' world, a La 'Second Life' maybe?
The virtual afterlife has haunted fiction and become its own genre, especially after Philip K. Dick's story "Ubik" was published. Extrustions from other computational realms into our world have revitalized the ghost story. It from bit indeed. Smile But what if the operating system also uses memory pages and people learn about addressing? Smile Smile !. Does that make void far pascal you_wish() #undefined?


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For folks who like to read - before his most recent venture into multiverse drama, Gibson wrote two more trilogies, each in worlds much closer to our own. One trilogy, which takes place just a few years from our everyday world, has a pair of glasses with augmented reality function (google glass???) intended to show prospective real estate clients their property after construction fell into a local joe's hands. That's "Virtual Light". His more recent work is less extreme than the sprawl stories including "Burning Chrome" where an impaired AI composes shadow boxes from found objects and sells art on the black market. A person(a) of interest indeed. Smile Another trilogy of books has a clothes designer who's allergic to brand imagery meet a woman who's making movies one shot at a time and posting small clips on the internet in a newsgroup. In that story a guy who likes to wear bright blue suits takes his business to the next level, cashes out and retires to a small island with a reasonable fortune. Along the way he helps the clothes designer overcome her allergy and brand problems, stops some illegal currency trading and avoids a stock market catastrophe... no spoilers!

What would you think of the steampunk story "The Difference Engine" getting a film treatment? Bruce Sterling's stories look scenery and action packed enough to carry a few celebrity actors through the fiction.
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Why hasn't there been a movie of "Necromancer"?

Well, as a fellow once said: “The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.”
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