Joe Cornish Helms “Snow Crash” Adaptation

“Attack the Block” filmmaker Joe Cornish is set to write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyber-punk novel “Snow Crash” for Paramount Picture and Kennedy/Marshall says Deadline.

The story is set in the near future when the U.S. has become a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states controlled by private enterprise and the mafia.

In this world a computer virus is manifested as a drug (Snow Crash) that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains in the process.

The story’s central character, the rather blatantly named Hiro Protagonist, is a hacker, samurai swordsman and pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.

Paramount previously tried to develop the book into a feature when it first came out but ultimately dropped it. Disney had it languishing for years in development. With Cornish committed, the project is back at Paramount with a priority status.