"Attack the Block" filmmaker Joe Cornish is set to write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson's1992 cyber-punk novel "Snow Crash" says Deadline.
The story is set in the near future when the U.S. has become a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states controlled by private enterprise and the mafia. In this world a computer virus is manifested as a drug (Snow Crash) that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains in the process. The story's main character, Hiro Protagonist, is a hacker, samurai swordsman and pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization.
Paramount tried to develop the book into a feature when it was first published in1992 but ultimately dropped it. Disney took it on but it got stuck in development for years.
Now that Cornish is committed, the pic is back at Paramount and has been given a priority status.