It looks like The Diamond Age is coming to SciFi as a 6 hour mini-series, courtesy of George Clooney, and adapted by Stephenson himself. Color me happy with this news. I liked the book (even with the usual Stephenson ending) and loved the idea behind the “primer” as a way to educate, and teach basic logic and the building of systems from those basics. Yea, the nanotechnology was neat too…
Clooney seems to have a general respect for the original material, even if it makes for a less-engaging movie experience (see Solaris), so I have high hopes for such a collaboration. Besides, I’m up for anything that gets Stephenson back into Cyberpunk.
I wonder why people didn’t try and to a few Cyberpunkish kind of movies after The Matrix came out. Hollywood loves copy cat type movies, and it would have been an easy pitch back then - “Think “The Matrix” meets ____ (Fill in any movie here)” an you’d be greenlighted.
Maybe they all still remembered Johnny Mnemonic. I still shudder when I think of that movie, and wish I could get a good adaptation of Neuromancer.
For the first 80% of the book, Diamond Age was on track to be my favorite book EVAR. But the last 20% left me feeling WTF? It will be interesting to see how the miniseries turns out. Seems like it would need a pretty large effects budget to do right.
I just finished this book (finally after all these years) and I’m excited to see it adapted to a miniseries. I think I’ve finally gotten over Stephenson’s inability to write an ending, because this time around his “ending” didn’t bother me too much.
I definitely think Diamond Age will definitely be easier to adapt than Snow Crash. Snow Crash is awesome, but it doesn’t seem like it’d be able to compress down to a 2 hour movie (or a 6 hour miniseries). Heck, paring Diamond Age down to a 6 hour miniseries is still a tall order, but probably still easier than Snow Crash.
Of all the Gibson books I think the one best made into a movie might be his new one, Pattern Recognition. It isn’t really a cyberpunk adventure though, more of a near future drama with political intrigue, corporate warfare, and the Russian mob.
Johnny Mnemonic was a horrible short story anyway, whoever green lit a terrible script adaptation of a 10 page short story should have known better. Burning Chrome was a much better one, although equally short.