Wahlberg and Neeson set for Neuromancer?

News Glen Chapman 1 Aug 2012 - 06:34
Liam Neeson in The Grey

Offers have been made to Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson to headline Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of Neuromancer...

Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of William Gibson's sci-fi novel Neuromancer has been on the cards for some time now, with his intentions announced around the time he was promoting Splice. Now things look to be moving closer to production, with offers going out to Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson for key roles in the film.

The source material is well regarded, winning numerous awards on its release, and its influence on some key works in modern sci-fit cinema (most notably The Matrix) is evident. The story follows Case, a talented computer hacker who is unable to perform at the standard he once did when a former employer took revenge on him for ripping them off. He is given the opportunity to turn his fortunes around when he accepts to undertake a mission for a mysterious figure called Armitage.

Wahlberg is set to play Case, with Liam Neeson sought for the role of Armitage, which would provide the film with two quality leading men to build the rest of the cast around. The film has a release date of 2014 planned, and if it proves to be successful, could be the first part of a trilogy.

Natali's been responsible for some truly striking sci-fi cinema in his career, particularly the sci-fi horror outing, Cube. But what about you dear readers? Are Natali, Wahlberg and Neeson good fits for Neuromancer?

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I'm a huge fan of the Tunnels book series and am getting tired of Mr. Natali, because he's got his name attached to direct the movie adaptation and has never even talked about it since 2009. Seriously, if you're not interested in doing it, please leave it alone, sir.

I still wish we could see a Chris Cunningham adaptation, but Natali could be a great choice. I've yet to see Splice but this seems up his street relative to Cube. Not sure about Mark Wahlberg as Case, would prefer someone more realistically washed up, but gotta give it a try

Liam Neeson would be good, but i'd rather see Kurt Russell playing the part of Armitage. Wahlberg is too old for Case, that needs a younger actor, some like Jamie Bell or James McAvoy would do or Aaron Johnson or Sam Reilly. Sorry they're all Brits, I'm sure there are plenty of American actors who would fit the bill though.

no no no no no no.....Mark Wahlberg is too old and bulky to play Case. He needs to be scrawny and grungy not built up and looking like he could take you in a fight, he was never really a fighter in the books, that was Mollys job. I like the idea of Liam Neeson as Armitage though.

I have a hard time imagining Mark Wahlberg as a brilliant computer expert. "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

You know who'd be a good case? Sam Rockwell. He's a combination of down-on-his-luck-melancholy and nothing-left-to-lose-fatalism.

good shout on Jamie Bell.

"Say Hello to your debugger for me."

Yep, Jamie Bell seems to fit the part.

Sam Rockwell would be pefect

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