Joe Cornish to Helm Snow Crash

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash coverWhen we spoke with Joe Cornish back in March, he told us that everything he was working on was “too embryonic to be exposed to the cold light of day”.  Deadline now reports that he will be giving birth to Snow Crash, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s fantasy/sci-fi novel. Cornish will write and direct for Paramount Pictures.

According to the back of the book: In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

The book has been highly anticipated since its publication back in 1992. Cornish became an instant sci-fi favourite himself with the release of Attack the Block last year, and was part of the dream team that wrote The Adventures of Tintin.

Deadline adds that the film will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy of Kennedy/Marshall.