Myself, I'll be willing to entertain the idea that Neuromancer is really "headed for the big screen" when I'm watching it being shotIt's that last graf that got me between the eyes. Books, by and large, don't make very good movies (how many great film adaptations of novels can you think of that were true to the original that were worth seeing? How many total, utter disappointments can you recall?) Yet people who meet novelists inevitably ask, "anything of yours been made into a movie yet?" Link
As the old saying goes, I'll believe it when I see it.
I *do* believe, though, that Peter Weir will not be going forward with Pattern Recognition. That is one utterly solid little factoid of film news, alas.
I no longer get very wrought up over the liminals, myself, except to be annoyed by people who seem to assume that feature films are the ultimate stage of novelistic creation, thereby relegating the book to the status of dull gray chrysalis.