There’s more news on the remake of The Crow. Earlier this week we heard that the lead role had been offered to Mark Wahlberg. Now there’s word, straight from the filmmaker, that director Stephen Norrington has moved on. Details on the reason for his departure are after the jump. Read More »
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the lead role in Relativity Media’s remake of The Crow. Nothing is official just yet, but what do you think of this casting choice?
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I don’t know if there’s any real way to parse the information that Nick Cave is rewriting the remake of The Crow. Yeah, that Nick Cave: the singer who wrote The Proposition and the famously rejected draft of a sequel to Gladiator. Reaction I had was simply, “what?!” which might be all you can really say. Read More »
In late 2008 Stephen Norrington signed on to write and direct a new version of The Crow, based (to some extent) on James O’Barr‘s graphic novel and comics about a dead rocker whose spirit returns to seek vengeance on the men who killed him and raped his girlfriend. The 1994 film version directed by Alex Proyas gained instant notoriety when actor Brandon Lee was killed on set, and the film struck a chord with audiences. Naturally, sequels (three so far) aren’t enough, so it’s reboot time.
For the last year the news on the Norrington film has basically been that it is not a remake, that this will be a more gritty take that feels different. Now producer Edward R. Pressman says that Norrington’s script is finished (even though we’d heard that last October) and casting announcements are forthcoming. Read More »
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Stephen Norrington has been developing his new take on The Crow, but before he gets to that it seems like he’ll first do another project that pushes all his ‘geek buttons.’ The film to break him out of director jail, where he’s been chained to a wall since 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, will be The Lost Patrol for Legendary Pictures, the production company behind massive comic book and fantasy films like Watchmen, The Dark Knight and Clash of the Titans.
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We’ve known that Blade director, Stephen Norrington, was scribing a theatrical remake of 1994’s The Crow for almost a year now by following all the milky Goth tears. And now, according to an unidentified source via Mania, Norrington has finally submitted his script to Relativity Media (The Wolf Man, A Serious Man), where it has been “very well received.”
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And here I thought the Blade franchise was dead in the water after Blade Trinity’s abysmal failure. Stephen Dorff, who played the villain Deacon Frost in the first film, mentioned to the Sunday Mail last year that a prequel trilogy spearheaded by Blade director Stephen Norrington was in the works:
It will be a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon’s story. It’s a new trilogy the director has created. It will be cool. We hope to shoot the first film next year. Frost is a character I have never been able to shake.
Without further confirmation from Norrington, we’ve pretty much treated the news as rumor, but today he admitted to Comics2Film that a prequel film is indeed in the works (as soon as he finishes his Crow reboot). Norrington mentions that the project isn’t exactly like Dorff described, but it’s close. He goes on to say that it “has evolved into a very interesting story,” and that “the linkage to Blade is still big in the equation.”
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Stephen Norrington has signed on to pen a of the underground comic book turned goth-cult film franchise The Crow. Norrington started out as a model maker and creature effects crew member on such films as Aliens and The Witches. The feature film adaptation of Blade launched his directorial career and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen sent him into a five year hiatus.
Norrington told Variety that the film left him feeling “demoralized by that experience”, and the accomplished sculptor spent the last five years writing and working on his art. He did some illustration work on Blade: Trinity and some creature effects work on Feast. A remake of Clash of the Titans was supposed to be his big return but he was unable to excite Warner Bros with his take on the project.
So why remake The Crow? Norrington says he has a completely new take on the character. While Alex Proyas’ original 1994 film was “gloriously gothic and stylized” Norrington describes his take as “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.” While I’ve never understood the point of a reboot which is too faithful to the original, I’m not sure that dropping The Crow’s goth style is the way to proceed with this reinvention. Wasn’t that largely the whole appeal of Proyas’ film?
The Crow was created by James O’Barr in 1989 and published by Caliber Comics (the trade paperback is still available on Amazon for around $13). The story followed a young rock musician named Eric who is murdered trying to save his fiance Shelly from a gang of street thugs. Eric is shot in the head and paralyzed, unable to help his girlfriend as she is beaten and raped. A year later a crow pecks Eric’s tomb and he is somehow resurrected, and goes on a mission to seek vengeance on the murderers. Alex Proyas’ film is notable for it’s goth style, hard-edged soundtrack and the death of the film’s star Brandon Lee in an on set accident.