Called a “long-gestating” project by The Guardian, the film of  William Gibson’s 1984 novel, Neuromancer seems to be making its way to the screen. News leaked recently that Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have been approached to star.

Two such big names would give the movie the boost it needs, the Guardian warns it is “a long way from getting the green light” and that, even if it does, “it is surely likely to be at least 2014 before Neuromancer finds its way into cinemas.”

The Guardian says director Vincenzo Natali specializes “in intelligent genre fare that has not always performed spectacularly [Cube, Splice] at the box office,” and that “The Wachowski siblings would have been the obvious choice to bring Neuromancer to the big screen, having purloined so many of its ideas for their earlier trilogy [The Matrix], but they’re currently busy with David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.

The book is credited with launching the cyberpunk genre. A twentieth-anniversary edition was released on 2004 (Penguin/Ace).

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