A release date for the project has not been announced. Neuromancer has always been a target for adaptation, but has never made it before cameras: Torque director Joseph Kahn was in line to direct in 2007, while Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali was later attached to the project. Neuromancer's also heavily influenced Ghost in the Shell and Equilibrium. One of the earliest big cyberpunk works, the book tells the story of a crippled hacker named Case fighting advanced artificial intelligence in dark metropolises and futuristic satellite-resorts with a dead good ol' boy called the Flatline, whose mind is preserved in digital space. Simon Kinberg, producer on X-Men films and an Oscar nominee for The Martian, is attached to produce. Within the novel's dystopian world, most people are plugged into the virtual reality, with those living in "reality" residing in an collection of urban dwellings known as The Sprawl. From there, things get really odd.