Over the course of the last few years, Tim Miller has proven himself as one of the best Hollywood filmmakers when it comes to taking insane concepts and distilling them into gritty stories. He did it with Deadpool, he did it with the early promotional material for Batman: Arkham Origins, and soon he will do it for yet another beloved sci-fi property. Many fans wondered what Tim Miller would do upon his decision to not sign on for Deadpool 2, and now it seems that he has officially joined the long-awaited adaptation of William Gibson's Neuromancer.
Although numerous fanboys were upset when they learned that Tim Miller wouldn't return to the Deadpool universe, the fact that he is filling his time with an adaptation of Neuromancer is an enticing consolation prize. Based on William Gibson's 1984 cyberpunk novel (the first of the "Sprawl" trilogy) of the same name, Neuromancer follows an expert computer hacker named Case who finds himself hired by a mysterious benefactor to pull off a seemingly impossible job -- hacking an AI in orbit above Earth. The story is a quintessential piece of science fiction, and has become widely credited with coining the now ubiquitous term "cyberspace."
Not much is currently known about the Neuromancer film aside from the behind-the-scenes team working on it. The project is in development at 20th Century Fox with the X-Men franchise's Simon Kinberg attached to produce, but a writer has yet to sign on to adapt the film, and it is far too early for any definitive casting announcements.
However, Neuromancer is still a long way off, as this Deadline report notes that Tim Miller currently has some other highly anticipated sci-fi projects on the horizon before he can dive into William Gibson's book. Specifically, he is in the process of developing a reboot of The Terminator franchise -- marking the franchise's first entry since 2015's Terminator: Genisys. Miller seems to have a knack for tackling high concept sci-fi in a gritty, down and dirty fashion, so all eyes are on him to bring The Terminator and Neuromancer life in some truly spectacular ways.
As for the franchise that Tim Miller left behind, it appears that he has left it in fairly capable hands. Following Miller's departure from the Deadpool series, Deadpool 2 locked down John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch to take the reins. That film will debut in theaters next summer on June 1, and everything that we have seen thus far seems to ensure that it will meet (if not surpass) our loftiest expectations. Tim Miller got Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson off to a proper start, but now it is time to hand him off and try new things.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with more updates related to Tim Miller's Neuromancer (as well as all of the director's other projects) as new details become available to us. For now, take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and let us know if you think Miller is the right fit for a Neuromancer film in the comments section below!