Joe Cornish to Write and Direct Snow Crash

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Attack the Block writer/director Joe Cornish has lined up a new project at Paramount Pictures, Deadline reports. He’s become attached to write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s popular sci-fi novel Snow Crash. The official description reads as follows:

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra 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, published in 1992, has been heralded as a modern classic in the genre and a film version has been long-anticipated.

Though Attack the Block marked Cornish’ big screen debut as a director, he’s also one of the writers of last year’s The Adventures of Tintin and worked again with Edgar Wright for the upcoming Ant-Man.

Kathleen Kennedy is set to produce Snow Crash through Kennedy/Marshall.