Apple orders 10 episodes of a Neuromancer TV series

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Enlarge / A cover image for Neuromancer included in Apple’s press release.

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It’s been a long time coming: A TV series adapted from the famed William Gibson novel Neuromancer will air on Apple TV+. The streamer ordered 10 episodes.

The order comes after decades of failed attempts to greenlight a screen adaptation of the 1984 science fiction novel. The most recent widely known failed attempt was by Deadpool director Tim Miller in 2017.

The series will be helmed by showrunner, writer, and producer Graham Roland, who until now was best known as the creator of the AMC TV series Dark Winds and for helming the series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video. Roland will share a co-creator credit on Neuromancer with J.D. Dillard, a TV writer known for his work on the recent Twilight Zone reboot series.

Roland will be the series’ showrunner, and Dillard will direct its pilot episode.

The show will be produced by Skydance Television and Anonymous Content, both of which Apple has worked with before; Skydance previously produced Apple’s series based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series of books, and Anonymous Content produced The Savant and Time Bandits.

Apple’s press release about the new series describes its premise, which obviously matches that of Gibson’s novel:

The series will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets.

The book is one of the most acclaimed works of science fiction and is credited with kicking off the cyberpunk sub-genre, which has been having a bit of a moment lately thanks to the video game Cyberpunk 2077, along with other popular properties.

We don’t know anything yet about the show’s cast or how the writers will approach adapting the book for the screen. We also don’t know a timeline for its release.

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