Can a Neuromancer TV Series Still Work After The Matrix?

An adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer is coming to Apple TV+. After four Matrix movies, why even bother?

William Gibson's Neuromancer
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After weeks of moving through scuzzy bars with off-beat cybernetic accouterment, toiling under a static-grey sky to gain control of cyberspace, our heroes have made it to Zion. The Rastafarians who greet these travelers from a ship named for an important historical figure pay little mind to our male protagonist. However, they cannot believe their luck in meeting his female companion, whose reputation far exceeds his.

Regardless of the chilly reception, the protagonist remains undeterred. Zion is, after all, a key part in mission to understand a powerful AI controlling reality.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the above description comes form The Matrix, the groundbreaking sci-fi action movie from 1999 or its sequels. But I’m not describing Neo and Trinity aboard the Nebuchadnezzar. I’m talking about Case and Molly reaching the Rastafarian colony of Zion with help from their ship the Marcus Garvey in the 1984 novel Neuromancer by William Gibson.

The mistake is reasonable. By their own admission, The Matrix directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski borrowed heavily from Gibson, among others. But they are hardly the only creators to be inspired by Gibson’s groundbreaking sci-fi work. After all, the man coined the phrase “cyberspace” in the short story “Burning Chrome” from 1982, a term for a subgenre we all still read and watch today.


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