For those unfamiliar with the source work, the official synopsis makes for interesting reading.
“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.”
Since the release of Snow Crash in 1992, there have been almost constant whisperings of a transfer to film, but it seems that Paramount Pictures are finally backing the project. Although a number of the book’s devotees have taken to Twitter, claiming that the book is unfilmable and should be left well alone, there seems to be a general groundswell of excitement behind the film, especially given the involvement of Joe Cornish.
Whilst Cornish is best known for his very British debut feature and his TV comedy work, he proved his blockbuster credentials by working with Spielberg as co-writer on last year’s Tintin movie.
He seems like a solid choice for adapting such a complex work and, if anyone can get the geeks on board, it’s Joe Cornish.