We'd just recently heard that that long-delayed Neuromancer might be eyeing some big additions to the cast that could finally get it on track. Now it's official—the producers are in talks with Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg for starring roles.
The news (plus the nifty piece of concept art above) comes via the film's official website, thanks to a brief but very exciting post:
Pay or Play offers have been made to Liam Neeson for Armitage and Mark Wahlberg for Case.
If they take the deal, Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes, Max Payne) would play computer hacker Henry Dorsett Case, and Neeson (Batman Begins, Taken) would take on ex-soldier Armitage.
Though this is more momentum than Neuromancer has had for a while, it should be noted that a film version has been in the works in some capacity since the late 1980s. So, yeah, fingers crossed.
Director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is the latest to take a shot at getting this one made, and judging by his stellar work on Splice, one would think he definitely has the sci-fi chops to make this work.
The film is based on William Gibson's acclaimed novel of the same name and follows a washed-up hacker in a cyberpunk world who is hired to pull off the ultimate hack.
(Via Bleeding Cool)