It appears the flavor of the month in Hollywood is "futuristic dystopian societies controlled by power-hungry institutions" and I will be the first in line for two scoops in a waffle cone, please! Joining a slew of similar projects, this book-turned-movie is set in the future where society is run by corporations instead of the traditional government we know today (some would say there isn't much difference there, but that's for a different kind of blog). Those corporations compete against each other to dictate city & state borders while they create the laws of their "land". The story revolves around the laziest named character in recent memory, Hiro Protagonist, who discovers a drug that effects the user both in their virtual world as well as their physical one and his attempt to stop it from destroying humanity.
Taking on this project will be director Joe Cornish who received a lot of praise for his recent hit Attack the Block about an underage street gang who single-handedly fensd off an alien attack. Though I was not as wowed by this movie as many for the simple reason that glorifying thuggery is mighty dangerous, I do have to say that his visual style holds a lot of promise. The underplayed special effects of his previous movie worked and should translate well to this project, as well. Since I have not read this book yet, I don't know if there is any room for humor, but it can't hurt that he is buddies with Edgar Wright. No casting as of yet, but will post more when I know more.