Joe Cornish Dives Into Cyberpunk Snow Crash

Joe CornishBrit Joe Cornish became an instant fanboy God after his alien invasion flick “Attack the Block” attacked fanboys in their giddy midsection all across the world. The “aliens invade the ghetto” movie was a real crowdpleaser, with cheering audiences at every festival it’s played at. That, of course, instantly made Cornish a hot commodity in Hollywood.

After saying No to a ton of projects, Cornish has said Yes to “Snow Crash”, a cyberpunk thriller from Neal Stephenson that Cornish is now set to write and direct for Paramount and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

The highly creative sounding “Snow Crash” goes something like this:

Set in the near future, when the U.S. exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and private enterprise and the mafia control everything. The plot involves a computer virus that is manifested as a drug called Snow Crash that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains. Hiro Protagonist – that’s the character’s name – a computer hacker/samurai swordsman/pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.

Sounds like it’s got plenty of potential for social and political allegories and all that good stuff that you kids love so much in your cyberpunk adventures. Of course, movies that have been classified as “cyberpunk” have traditionally been pretty awful, so he’s got that working against him. (“The Matrix”, which I guess you could sort of call cyberpunk, got away with it with some insane action.)

In any case, here’s looking forward to seeing what Cornish can do with a big budget.

Snow Crash Novel Cover

Via : Deadline