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24th Apr 2024

A TV show based on one of the best sci-fi novels of all time is in the works

Stephen Porzio

Produced by Drake, the series has cast its lead actor.

Neuromancer, the iconic sci-fi novel by William Gibson, is getting a 10-episode TV series courtesy of Apple TV+.

The project was first announced by in February of this year but appears to be moving forward as the streaming service on Tuesday (23 April) announced that Callum Turner (The Boys in the Boat, Masters of the Air) will star in the show.

The actor will play the novel’s antihero Case, who in the book and the upcoming show is a damaged, top-rung super-hacker.

He finds himself thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets.

Published in 1984, Neuromancer was Gibson’s debut novel and launched a trilogy, which also includes the books Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988).

While released without much fanfare, Neuromancer quickly became a word-of-mouth hit and is now considered one of the earliest and best known works in the cyberpunk genre.

It has been cited as a major influence on the movie The Matrix and as having popularised certain terms such as ‘cyberspace’.

Prior to the Apple TV+ announcement, a movie adaptation of Neuromancer had been in the works for decades but never came to fruition.

The streaming service has said their take on Neuromancer will be created by Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Dark Winds) and JD Dillard (Devotion, Sweetheart), with musician Drake and Gibson himself onboard as executive producers.

Roland will serve as showrunner on the series while Dillard is set to direct the pilot episode.

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