Cyberpunk novel Neuromancer may finally be coming to the screen


Cyberpunk novel Neuromancer may finally be coming to the screen

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Apple has ordered the production of a ten-part TV drama based on the science fiction novel Neuromancer.

FACTS

Apple announced the production of a new 10-episode TV drama based on William Gibson’s 1984 cult novel.

The series will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets.

The series will be created by Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Dark Winds) and JD Dillard (Devotion, The Outsider, Sleight) and co-produced by Skydance Television, Anonymous Content and DreamCrew Entertainment.

“Neuromancer has inspired so much of the science fiction that’s come after it and we’re looking forward to bringing television audiences into Gibson’s definitive ‘cyberpunk’ world,” said the executive producers of the series, which will be exclusive to Apple TV+.

No further information is available at this time. It is not known when Neuromancer will be streaming or who will be cast.

CONTEXT

A cyberpunk classic comes to the screen

Neuromancer is William Gibson’s debut novel and has won the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. The highly influential science fiction novel popularized the concept of cyberspace and is considered a standard work of the cyberpunk genre.

Two more novels were published in 1986 and 1988, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, set in the same narrative universe. The three novels are part of the Sprawl trilogy.

The story takes place after World War III in a dystopian future controlled by large corporations and technology. Humanity uses VR technology to connect to a data space known as the “matrix”.

The plot revolves around hacker Case, who is hired by a mysterious ex-military man named Armitage. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that an AI is pulling the strings, with the goal of overcoming its own technical limitations.

Since the novel’s publication, there have been numerous attempts to adapt the material for film and television, but none of them have come to fruition. Let’s hope that changes with this adaption.


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