Some days ago, the first ‘official’ poster for an upcoming Neuromancer movie was spotted by coming soon at the American Film Market (AFM). A good piece of art that invites us to “Jack In Soon”.
Leaving aside my concerns about the convenience of a Neuromancer movie, —you know, we Neuromancer lovers don’t want something that ruins our feelings about such an astounding book—, and given that this movie could finally be done, this poster has made my synapses to fire. I’m a Sci-Fi junkie and I’ll be anxious to watch the movie once it debuts. I guess that Vincenzo Natali is struggling to make a decent adaptation. This is something Natali said in an interview by Bleeding Cool:
[Case] 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 hope “clean and beautiful” doesn’t mean it will look like “I, Robot”.
[Wikipedia:] Upside Down is an upcoming science fiction-romance film written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas. Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, the film is about a man searching an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth. Upside Down has finished filming and is now in post-production. Release is set for sometime in 2012
Franklyn is an upcoming British film written and directed by Gerald McMorrow. Is expected to be released on january 30 in UK, but has already been reviewed at Variety.
Franklyn follows four intertwining stories, three of which takes place in contemporary London and the fourth takes place in Meanwhile City, a parallel fantasy environment. In Meanwhile City, atheist vigilante Jonathan Preest (Phillippe) fights against the various religious presences. Ultimately, his path crosses with three others (Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill) from London.
Sadly, although the mix between these two movies sounds too good, it seems that the film doesn’t meet expectations.
A clever idea that could have worked as a novella, the urban-fantasy-cum-sci-fier “Franklyn” doesn’t cut it by the bigscreen rulebook. Shuttling between present-day London and a totalitarian, retro-futuristic city, this first feature by Brit writer-director Gerald McMorrow leaves viewers dangling for so long that most will have checked out emotionally before the big revelation an hour in. Visually striking head-scratcher — somewhere between “Blade Runner” and “V for Vendetta” in its noirish bits — looks to have more of a future as an ambitious but failed cult item than as a contempo earner.
Ryan Phillippe as Jonathan Preest, spends 80% of time in a mask
Well, sometimes I have enjoyed films with bad reviews. For what I see, visually could be nice but let’s wait.
You car read the entire review on Franklyn over at Variety.