Vincenzo Natali Bows Out of 'Neuromancer' Film Adaptation
May 22, 2015 09:10 AM EDT | By Nobelle Borines
The film adaptation of the cyberpunk classic 'Neuromancer' simply cannot keep a director. After waiting for almost five years for the project to come into fruition, Vincenzo Natali has decided to leave the movie.
The director has previously claimed that the film was ready to move forward and was simply waiting for the right funding. In an interview with Crave Online, Natali was asked whether the screenplay was almost done. "Oh, the script has been ready for years," he answered. "That's not the holdup. The challenging part of this is putting the money together. It's big movie."
Ironically, the film finally got what it needed right after Natali's departure.
According to Screen Daily, GFM Films has just closed a deal with Chinese company C2M Media Group. The companies will share development and financial responsibilities on 'Neuromancer.'
C2M president Josh Dong is hopeful about the partnership. "'Neuromancer' will be a meaningful co-production," he said. "C2M will collaborate with GFM not only in financing, but also in script development, film production and global distribution."
The book 'Neuromancer' was written by William Gibson and was published in 1984. The novel is about a computer hacker who gets an unexpected offer from a mysterious man named Armitage. 'Neuromancer' has won several awards, including the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the Nebula Award.
The movie has lost several directors over the years. Chris Cunningham had originally wanted to develop the film, however the plan was scrapped. Joseph Kahn was also tapped to direct before Natali signed onto the project.
With Natali out of the picture, 'Neuromancer' producer Lucas Foster is on the hunt for a new director as well as screenwriters.
Natali's directorial debut was the 1997 mathematics thriller 'Cube.' He has worked on other sci-fi movies like 'Cypher,' 'Nothing' and the 2009 Adrian Brody flick 'Splice.' His most recent project was the horror film 'Haunter,' starring Abigail Breslin.
Campbell Soup has announced it will sell its Danish baked snacks manufacturer Kelsen Group to CTH Invest, a Belgian holding company affiliated with the Nutella maker Ferrero, for $300 million. The transaction is subject to customary purchase price adjustments, and it is expected to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
The newly appointed editor-in-chief of Esquire Magazine, Michael Sebastian, recently told the press that he wants to get away from the idea that the magazine's reader is "a middle-aged white guy who likes brown liquor and brown leather"). Which should send chills down the ad dept's spine working on those Scotch and bourbon accounts!
Adding a squeeze of fresh lime and a dash of salt to a lager or pilsner has long been Mexican tradition, and in the 1980s, this practice evolved into the refreshing beer cocktail known as a michelada. The popularity of the drink grew across Mexico and, thanks to the influx of immigrants, it translated well to restaurants and bars across the U.S.
Rosé wine is made in almost every region in the world, from many different grape varieties. And rose-colored wine is produced in a sweet, dry, sparkling, and even fortified style. Yet the classic style of dry rosé wine from Provence sets the trend that many other wine-producing regions around the world want to emulate.
Dominique Ansel moved from Paris to New York City to work at Daniel Boulud's French flagship Daniel as the executive pastry chef, a position he held for 6 years. Fast forward 15 years later, and Ansel has become a household name after the invention of a certain croissant-donut hybrid, and his namesake bakery has expanded beyond SoHo to include branches around the world.
As if you ever really need an excuse to order a piña colada, today is National Piña Colada Day, so go ahead and order that creamy, sweet, cocktail-meets-dessert libation that is best served on a sunny, tropical beach somewhere exotic.