Last week Cinematical was given the opportunity to talk quite extensively to director Vincenzo Natali about his upcoming creature feature, Splice. We'll be posting that discussion next week ahead of the film's release on June 4th, but in the mean time we wanted to share all of the non-Splice projects Natali talked about. His next project is not currently locked down, but we've known for a few weeks now that the Canadian director is keenly interested in two adaptations of sci-fi books.
The first is Neuromancer, William Gibson's monumentally influential cyberpunk tome from 1984. It's one of the most important science fiction novels of the last quarter-century, I think, so I was particularly interested to hear how he would be bringing it to the big screen. I was also curious as to why he opted for Neuromancer over a similarly classic cyberpunk novel like Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash. I was pleasantly surprised, then, when he told me had recently been talking about a Snow Crash film adaptation and why he doesn't think it's a good fit for the format.
The second novel is J.G. Ballard's High Rise, a story about a self-contained superstructure in the near future that devolves into chaos when its manufactured society begins to crumble. Natali has actually been working on the script for the film for years, but sadly he feels Hollywood is just too afraid of non-formula stories to make the film. Hopefully that changes sooner rather than later, as I feel Natali is one of the most fascinating science fiction filmmakers working today.