Can Deadpool's Tim Miller be the director who finally hacks into Neuromancer?

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Aug 9, 2017, 7:35 PM EDT

Nearly a year ago, Tim Miller walked away from Deadpool, the franchise that earned him his directorial debut, over "creative differences" with star Ryan Reynolds. Miller had taken a career in visual effects and parlayed it into the highest-grossing R-rated film ever, so his decision to decline the sequel was an interesting one. After the Merc with a Mouth's box office success, though, he was bound to have plenty of opportunities looming.

As such, it didn't take long for some major news to arrive on the Tim Miller front. Earlier this year it was announced that he's working on a new Terminator film with the blessing and oversight of creator James Cameron. But now Miller seems to have his sights set on something even more ambitious: bringing Neuromancer to the screen at last.

William Gibson's 1984 novel -- about a hacker named Case who, after his nervous system is wrecked, is recruited and repaired for the ultimate hack -- might be the ultimate expression of the cyberpunk genre. It remains essential reading for any science fiction fan, and its endless appeal has made it the target of numerous adaptation attempts over the last three decades, without success. Vincenzo Natali (Splice) was the latest director to take aim at the project, but his efforts ultimately crumbled. Now, Miller is stepping up to take a swing at Neuromancer.

Deadline reports that Fox, which worked to keep Miller with enticing projects after his Deadpool exit, is on the hunt right now for a writer to adapt Gibson's novel for Miller to direct. At the moment, the Terminator revival is on the front burner for Miller, with production set to begin as early as next spring, but if this development has legs it could be the most exciting sci-fi project we've heard about in a long time.

It's unclear at the moment when we might actually see a Neuromancer movie, but Fox tapping Miller for it is no joke. He's a very in-demand director right now, sci-fi franchises are in high demand, and Neuromancer is a Holy Grail for producers who've been trying to bring it to the screen for decades. If Miller pulls it off he'd be a genre hero forever. Of course, many have tried before, so we're getting ahead of ourselves. For now, just be intrigued that Neuromancer is once again fighting its way out of development hell.

What do you think? Will Neuromancer actually hit the big screen this time?