After Deadpool soared well beyond all expectations and became one of 2016’s biggest hits at the box office, director Tim Miller seemed like a lock to return for the character’s heavily-anticipated sequel. However, news broke last October that the director had departed the project, citing “creative differences” with lead actor/producer Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool 2 eventually moved forward with John Wick co-director David Leitch behind the camera, but it looks like Fox isn’t done with Miller just yet.
According to Deadline, Miller and longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg will team up to bring William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel Neuromancer to the silver screen. Released in 1984, the novel went on to sweep the Nebula, Philip K. Dick and Hugo Awards that year. According to its logline,
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
Before Miller can turn his full attention to the brainchild of William Gibson, the filmmaker will first assist James Cameron during his attempt to reboot The Terminator in the form of a new trilogy, which sees Miller in the director’s chair. Fox’s live-action Neuromancer is currently in the earlier stages of pre-production, and no release date has been given at this time.
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