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HBO Max is making a TV show based on the science fiction novel by American writer Neal Stephenson, called Snow Crash. As a huge science fiction fan, Snow Crash is one of the most exciting originals HBO is working on. The big question, when will the show be on HBO Max? Unfortunately, no one knows.

Considering the show was announced in December 2019, our best estimate is for a mid-to-late 2021 release. It’s unlikely to be a studio-based single-camera show, which means movie sets or on-site filming is a must.

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What is Snow Crash?

Snow Crash is dystopian and covers topics such as religion, computer science, politics, and cryptography. It revolves around Hiro Protagonist, a pizza delivery person whose alt is a warrior prince in the Metaverse. Think Ready Player One in setting, but swapping pop culture for complexity and a marauding computer virus in a virtual world. The book was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award during the early ’90s.

The show is to be directed by Joe Cornish, of Attack the Block and The Kid Who Would Be King fame. The adaptation will be written by Michael Bacall, who also wrote 21 Jump Street, Project X, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Angela Robinson (The L Word) will be Snow Crash‘s executive producer.

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4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos

With more shows getting the 4K/HDR treatment and HBO Max having a premium $14.99 price, it’s likely Snow Crash will have all the audiovisual bells and whistles needed in 2020. Including 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos.

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You can look at the official HBO Max launch trailer below.