Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish to adapt and direct cyberpunk tale Snow Crash

Cornish will have his work cut out bringing the story of a Samurai sword-wielding computer hacker and pizza delivery guy to the big screen

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Joe Cornish, writer and director of British sci-fi comedy horror Attack the Block, is to bring Neal Stephenson’s cult cyberpunk novel Snow Crash to the big screen.

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Cornish will have his work cut out adapting a complex and wide-ranging tale set in a dystopian future in which people live in Mafia- and corporate-run city-states and spend much of their time inside virtual reality world the Metaverse. 

The story follows the aptly named Hiro Protagonist, a Samurai swordsman, computer hacker and pizza delivery guy who discovers a deadly drug, Snow Crash, whose effects are experienced in both reality and online.

That’s as far as we’re prepared to go in attempting to explain the convoluted world of the novel – suffice it to say it sounds like a lot of fun.

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According to Deadline, after an abandoned attempt to bring Snow Crash to the big screen following its publication in 1992, the movie is now a priority for studio Paramount.