Paramount Pictures is set to adapt Neal Stephenson’s classic cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash. Joe Cornish, writer and director of Attack the Block and co-writer of The Adventures of Tin-Tin, has reportedly signed on to write and direct the adaptation. Snow Crash incorporates Sumerian myth and virtual reality in what has been dubbed “the gigathriller of the information age.”
“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.”
Paramount previously attempted an adaptation of Snow Crash when it was first published in 1992. Given technological advances in special effects and a general increase in cybersensibilities, Cornish’s efforts may be better received by today’s audiences.