Work Is Underway On Vincenzo Natali’s Neuromancer

Though principal photography won’t begin until early 2012, work is underway on the FX for Vincenzo Natali‘s Neuromancer, adapted from the novel by William Gibson. This is according to a new press release from the film’s producers, Seven Arts Pictures and GFM Films. They also reveal that shooting will take place in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo and London.

It’s very heartening to hear that the project continues to progress. I spoke to Natali last July, and here’s what he could tell me about the film then:

I’m actually very hopeful for it after Inception, because I think that they share enough material, there’s enough connective tissue between those movies, that people could see how Neuromancer could be made; but not enough so that it doesn’t stand out on it’s own, as something original.

The cyberspace element of it would be a completely abstract universe. So it will be the opposite of The Matrix. Except for some very discreet scenes we are not in a world that looks like our own. It’s the opposite. In fact, that’s serves the whole point, that the main character, Case, is what they call a Console Jockey, kind of a hacker, who in a sense, downloads his consciousness into this digital universe, and that’s where he’s happiest. That’s what makes the book so resonate and fascinating and timeless in a sense, in that Case is really enamoured with the immaterial world. He hates what he calls the Meat, his own flesh, his own body, and in the real universe, the last thing he’d want to do is go into a perfect duplicated version of the real world. All he wants to do is escape from our world.

He enters what was coined the ‘Matrix’ but what was actually blatantly lifted by the Wachowski Brothers, so I’m calling it something else, but essentially he goes into this other alternative universe which a kind of platonic universe, where everything is pure and clean and beautiful. So that would be very much a digital construct in the film.

I’d hazard a guess that it’s these digital constructs that are in development now.

Advanced sales of the film are doing well, with several territories already in the bag. It’s really looking like, finally, a film of Neuromancer is coming our way and, frankly, I can’t imagine a better director for the job. Settle in for a double bill of Cube and Cypher and I reckon you’ll be sold on Natali’s involvement too.

More when we have it.