|Neuromancer (1984) book cover|
Back in 1984, writer William Gibson wrote a book about a computer hacker Case who is searching the virtual computer world for a cure. A movie based on the cyber-punk novel has been in development for years, but has never been made. Dan Fraga showed some early storyboards for Robert Vaughn and some concept art for Joseph Kahn showed up as well.
In 2010, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) took on the job of rewriting and directing the film based on the movie. He worked on it for five years, but he's off the project. Natali released a ton of fascinating concept art for some of his unmade films. He also included some from the long delayed Neuromancer movie he was working on. He took to Twitter to show what was done in pre-production. Some of the works were done by the celebrated Japanese manga artist Tsutomu Nihei who's well known for his cyberpunk-influenced artwork.
Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉) is a professional artist who's worked on projects like Blame! (2004) and Sidonia no Kishi (2014).
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This from a scene with Case using the Chinese "Kuang Grade Mark Eleven" icebreaker virus. Here's the way the virus was described in the book:
"Something dark was forming at the core of the Chinese program. The density of information overwhelmed the fabric of the matrix, triggering hypnagogic images. Faint kaleidoscopic angles centered in to a silver-black focal point. Case watched childhood symbols of evil and bad luck tumble out along translucent planes: swastikas, skulls and crossbones, dice flashing snake eyes. If he looked directly at that null point, no outline would form. It took a dozen quick, peripheral takes before he had it, a shark thing, gleaming like obsidian, the black mirrors of its flanks reflecting faint distant lights that bore no relationship to the matrix around it. `That's the sting,' the construct said. `When Kuang's good and bellytight with the Tessier-Ashpool core, we're ridin'~ that through."
Click on the links if you want to see more of Tsutomu Nihei's work or Neuromancer artwork on my blog.
Via Quiet Earth
What do you think of the concept art? Would you want to watch a Neuromancer film?
Official Neuromancer Summary
The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double-crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and microbionics have left him broke and close to dead. But at last Case has found a cure. He's going back into the system. Not for the bliss of cyberspace but to steal again, this time from the big boys, the almighty megacorps. In return, should he survive, he will stay cured.
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
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