Mania.com’s Comics 2 Film has exclusively learned that the latest script draft for Stephen Norrington’s (Blade) reboot of The Crow has been “well received” by studio Relativity Media. The reboot is based on the cult-fav comic book character created by James O’Barr in the late 80s, which went on to become a 1994 cult-hit movie directed by Alex Proyas (Knowing), starring the late-great Brandon Lee.

Norrington was recently quoted about his own vision for The Crow, and said, “Whereas [Alex] Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.” With Norrington’s script getting the thumbs up from execs, The Crow will reportedly fly into production soon, with the next logical step being casting.

So who should play the new Crow?

For you readers not familiar, Proyas’ film was not exactly “art-house,” and when the subject of your film is a man brutally murdered who returns from the grave as an undead anti-hero bent on murder and vengeance, the idea of “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious,” seems pretty intense. The biggest question I have is whether or not the new Crow will have the martial arts-tinged fighting skills of Brandon Lee’s version, or will he be more of a run & gun, kick-ass brawler type (read: no kung fu training needed)?

Either way, the actor playing the role will need to be as super intense as Norrington’s script calls for – and I can’t help but feel like the character needs to have that kind of wild, devil-may-care attitude that Heath Ledger brought to The Joker. Maybe it’s just the similarities in makeup that have me feeling that way, but still, I need this new Crow to bring the crazy and brutal mayhem we all want to see.

Now normally this would be the part where I would toss you some truly brilliant nominees to play The Crow – however besides the obvious Goth-fav picks (example: Johnny Depp or Trent Reznor) I’m a little too far removed from the character to call it.

Thankfully I have you guys, our loyal Screen Rant readers, to help me out. Name-drop your favorite nominee to play the new Crow in the comment section and if we reach enough of a consensus on a few names, I’ll do a follow up nominee post showcasing your picks!

We like to keep things interactive over here at Screen Rant.

No word yet on when The Crow reboot is aiming to be in theaters, although sometime in 2011 is the current popular guestimate.

Source: Comics 2 Film