Nick Cave Rewriting ‘The Crow’ Reboot

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 3:53 am,

We’ve heard word of a reboot (remake, redo or whatever you want to call it) of The Crow for quite a while, with Stephen Norrington signing on to write and direct the project back in December 2008. Since then we’ve heard everything from casting getting underway to producer Edward Pressman telling us that the film was initially set in Southwest (Mexico/Arizona), only to be moved to an “urban area” like Detroit or Pittsburgh.

Up until this point we’ve been under the impression that along with Norrington (Blade) occupying the director’s chair, the “terrific” script that he’s written would be the shooting one. Well, apparently that’s not the case as The Wrap reports that renowned musician and screenwriter, Nick Cave, is going to be rewriting The Crow reboot.

The news of Cave rewriting the script comes, again, from Pressman. There’s no details on the reason why they’re going with a new scribe to rewrite what Norrington has scripted but there must be a good reason for it.

Now if you’re wondering why Cave – a well known and respected musician –  has been chosen to work on The Crow, that’s because music isn’t the only talent he possesses. Cave made his writing debut with the 1998 film Ghosts… of the Civil Dead before going on to write the fantastic Australian Western The Proposition in 2005.

On top of past credits, Cave has also written a movie called The Promised Land (an adaptation of the novel The Wettest County in the World), which was to be directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition) with Shia LeBeouf attached to star. The project was reported to have fallen through but The Wrap now reports that isn’t the case, and that the project is still in development over at Red Wagon Entertainment.

On top of writing, fans of musical scores will surely remember (amongst others) Cave’s masterful collaboration with Warren Ellis for the score of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Whatever you think of that movie (some say slow and boring, I say utter brilliance), you have to admit the score is intoxicating.

Now that you’re informed as to what Cave’s links are to the movie world, the question is if he is suited to The Crow. We already know the reboot is going to be taking a vastly different approach to the character than the 1994 film and its subsequent sequels. We’ve heard before that it won’t have that same Gothic style but will rather be, “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious.”

Although both The Proposition and Ghosts… of the Civil Dead certainly didn’t shy away from heavy violence, I don’t know if I can see Cave’s style meshing well with the world of The Crow. Perhaps my judgment is clouded by the memory and admiration of Alex Proyas’ 1994 film, but right now I’m not totally convinced Cave is the right man for the job.

Having said that, if he ends up scoring the film it will have my ticket money, no questions asked icon smile Nick Cave Rewriting The Crow Reboot .

We had heard word that The Crow might start shooting this summer but unless things get going in the next month that obviously won’t be the case. Right now the reboot is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2011 but that could always change.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more on the project.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Ooh. Nick Cave AND the Crow? Sold.

    • boo anyone that likes nick cave for this is a moron

  2. Ditto

  3. I’ll take the refund.

  4. Right on. Also Nick Cave acted in some Wim Wenders stuff way back when.

    he also wrote the disturbing Southern gothic novel, When the Ass Saw teh Angel. If the one of The Crow is going to be as layered as that novel, this should be some interesting film.

    • doubtful nick cave is a self indulged ass who couldn’t write his own stories to save his life

  5. No no no. Another Crow movie, why?

  6. I wouldnt be suprised if he wrote it that eric draven ends up bieng the one who kills his wife

  7. aww crap, how dare hollywood taint the memory of brandon lee’s crowning achievment. this retarded by all means

  8. Completely unnecessary remake alert!

    • wow sam, one of few times we agree on something lol.

  9. Are you naysayers nuts? Cave will positively OWN this.

    Look, I’m not gonna set out a long and protracted argument as to why this concept with his re-write will be the dog’s b*lls and the seven ways I can show you how you just don’t know what you’re talking about… all I’m gonna say is…

    “Mark my words!”

    I don’t care if you believe them, I don’t care if you think I’m talking out of my *ss.

    Mark ‘em!

    • its totally being disrespectful to the work of brandon lee, i dont care what ANYONE says, thats like remaking enter the dragon…

  10. I agree the crow was Brandon lee’s final film before his untimely death ,totally disrespectfull create a new chapter in the franchise but leave the origanal as it is

    • It isn’t disrepectful. They made a few sequels and a TV show that retconned the film to an extent.

      But I’m with you and think The Crow should be left alone unless it is a direct adapt of James O Barr’s graphic novel.

      The Crow is essentially a one note character. Take out the supernatural (which seems to be the intent here) and he’s just another wacko vigilante.

      While it may have worn off some now, at the time of the first film’s release, Brandon Lee had been dead for a little over a year; the film’s character Eric Draven came back from the dead after one year. Lee’s/Draven’s quips about life and death and unintentional double irony (“I’m dead and I move”) made the film more than it was. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the film. But I want to be clear: strip away the supernatural aspect of the character and he’s just another dude looking for payback.

      Revenge pictures generally don’t work because there’s nothing much at stake other than payback.

      That’s why I’m not sold. If I was, I want my refund.

      • and ive never seen any pf of sequels of shows yo umentioned, out of RESPECT. and yeah its total disrespectful dude, sorrrry to burst youre remake bubble.

        • So, will you not be seeing ‘Batman 3′ out of “respect” for Heath Ledger then?

  11. You didn’t hear that Huey Lewis is involved in the Enter the Dragon reboot,,, ;-)

    • will he be playing Jim Kellys part 90? :P haha

  12. Getting tire of these reboots. The original Crow movie was perfectly fine with Brandon Lee. Hollywood’s definitely out of ideas.

  13. Yet another un-necessary remake by a bunch of idiots who can’t come up with any original ideas. The first Crow was perfect and doesn’t need remaking. If Hollywood wants to remake a comic book movie i suggest the X-Men series, preferably after using all prints of the previous movies as landfill.

    • They are remaking X Men-its called First Class

  14. Of all the possibilities for this character, I hope it’s not only honors the work done by Brandon Lee but that it’s also imaginative and creative. Make a Civil War-era tale or something that truly delivers a fresh story, unlike the plethora of sequels that one cannot un-see. Wearing black and playing moody music doesn’t make it Gothic, so there’s really no limit to time, setting, details for this franchise. Just my two cents (give or take the current exchange rate).

  15. why do they even need to remake somethin the late great brandon lee did so well the first time

  16. @Author: daniel james riester
    Its because a group of hollywood parasites (executives) control the rights to the Crow and want to remake the film to suck off the legacy. (Bring in new blood, suck it down orgy style,,!)

    “They suck” couldn’t be a more appropriate description,,,
    Don’t see the film and shove it back in their faces,!!!

    Why would anyone support a production company that hired a prop master who put real bullets in a prop gun!!!

    Come on, screw these guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!