Before Keanu was Neo, jacking into machines, he was Johnny Mnemonic, getting things, er, jacked into him.
So sue me, I didn’t think Keanu Reeves’ 1995 cyberpunk thriller “Johnny Mnemonic”, based on the short story by William Gibson, was that bad. I actually kinda liked it, to be perfectly honest with you. Turns out, I might not be the only one, because it looks like someone has optioned the property for a TV series and things are well underway to make it happen.
Seven Arts Entertainment, in a joint venture with Prodigy Pictures (the folks behind the Syfy Channel’s Canadian import “Lost Girl” and the actioner “XIII”) will be bringing us an ongoing TV series based on the 1995 movie “Johnny Mnemonic” (which was based on the Gibson short story of the same name, with the screenplay written by Gibson himself).
Set in one of those dystopian futures, “Johnny Mnemonic” starred Reeves as a data courier carrying a data package literally inside his head (because in the future any other mode of data transfer is just not that reliable, apparently) who must deliver the package before he dies from, literally, data overload.
The original movie co-starred “Starship Trooper’s” Dina Meyer, rapper Ice-T, Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, Denis Akiyama, Dolph Lundgren, and Henry Rollins. Directed by Robert Longo, the film was a flop at the box office, earning just $19 million from a then-expensive $26 million production budget.
Still, I always found the movie very watchable, and continue to watch it whenever it pops up on my TV screen. Here’s a trailer for those of you who never saw it. It is an 18 year old movie, after all. I’m frankly surprised Hollywood hasn’t tried to reboot/remake it yet.
Via : Quiet Earth