A Johnny Mnemonic television series is in the works, with some Stargate writing talent attached.
That’s the announcement today from Seven Arts Entertainment, an independent production company that will produce and distribute the series as a joint venture with Prodigy Pictures. Prodigy is the studio behind Lost Girl, which airs on Syfy Channel in the U.S.
Johnny Mnemonic is based on the 1995 movie starring Keanu Reeves and Dolph Lundgren, adapted from a short story by sci-fi author William Gibson (who also wrote the film’s screenplay). Set in a dystopic future, the story follows a “data courier” with a cybernetic brain implant, who must deliver a package that is too big for his head to contain — before it kills him.
It’s one of three new TV and mini-series to be produced by the joint venture. Also on the list are Storyville, a period piece set in New Orleans during the rise of jazz (and legal prostitution); and Romeo Spy, a mini-series based on the true story of a a British police officer who was recruited by the KGB.
The studio did not name the former Stargate writers currently attached to Johnny Mnemonic.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Prodigy Pictures, which has had stellar successes in television and mini-series production,” Seven Arts’ CEO Peter Hoffman said. “Jay [Firestone, Prodigy Pictures] has been prominent in the area of international television production for over 20 years with a wide array of important relationships. Jay shares our enthusiasm for all three projects. He has already attached well-known television writers who were part of the successful Stargate series to Johnny Mnemonic.”
We’ll keep our eyes on this story and bring you more as it develops!