Stephen Norrington To Resurrect ‘The Crow?’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:38 pm,

the crow 02 cropped Stephen Norrington To Resurrect The Crow?Stephen Norrington has signed to write and direct a reboot of The Crow. Fans of the original may feel like rioting, because Norrington’s take isn’t a gothic antihero.

Norrington has had a dizzying career for adaptations from the page to the big screen. After his excellent breakthrough of Marvel Comics’ character, Blade, Norrington did a 180 when he took on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and it turned out awful. Sean Connery hasn’t made a film since (he actually turned down a role in The Matrix due to his experience with League), nor has the director. Although he made a deal to direct Clash of the Titans for The WB, he left because he was “unable to excite Warner Bros. with my take, or influence the screenplay to any comfortable extent.”

Now that Incredible Hulk director, Louis Leterrier, is moving forward with that project, Norrington has set his eyes on butchering The Crow.

Based on a comic created by James O’Barr, The Crow was first interpreted by director Alex Proyas in 1994. Before directing the most excellent Dark City, Proyas brought a gothic tone to the story of rock musician Eric Draven – who is murdered while attempting to rescue his fiancee/girlfriend from a beating and subsequent rape. A year later a crow stands on Eric’s tomb and he is somehow resurrected. He then proceeds to avenge the murders of a year ago. The original has become a cult classic, grossing nearly $100 million worldwide; but it is also marred by a tragic accident with Brandon Lee: He was mysteriously shot and killed during filming. Norrington hopes this story will resurrect his own career.

He had been working on independent projects when an approach to The Crow came from Relativity Media’s production chief Tucker Tooley and Ed Pressman. Pressman and Norrington have a history which involved almost making Mutant Chronicles some years ago. Ryan Kavanaugh (of Relativity) is negotiating with Pressman to acquire the franchise and finance the reboot. Norrington’s interpretation has been embraced by both Tooley and Pressman, and he has said:

“…whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.”

I’m not sure what Norrington’s vision of The Crow could possibly be without being “gloriously gothic and stylized.” As of late, “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious” are terms being thrown around to describe nearly everything coming out. “Dark” is also a term frequently used since the success of The Dark Knight, but envisioning The Crow without the gothic tone is more than just not worth seeing – it’s unfaithful to O’Barr’s original black and white vision of the inner city. The Crow has become an icon and comparisons ranging from wrestling gimmicks (well known wrestler, Sting) to Heath Ledger’s Joker are rightly warranted. Norrington is not fit to handle this material and I hope this project is haunted until he decides to destroy some other source instead.

Source: Variety

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  1. He should leave it alone, The Original was fantastic and amzing, its sequels were much to be desired, and the short lived TV show was mediocre at best. This is a dance on Brandon Lees grave. LEAVE IT ALONE!

  2. He needs to take 2 steps back and leave this alone. Guys gonna ruin a cult classic. I agree, when I think of The Crow, I think of a gothic tone to it all. I can understand everyone loving the “realistic” feel Hollywood is having right now. But they are if not already beating an already dead horse IMO.

  3. This is a horrible idea. Sure Blade was cool when it came out 10 years ago but it has not aged well at all. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was pure crap. He absolutely ruined a great graphic novel. He should absolutely NOT do a Crow remake. Why even remake a movie that’s bearly 15 years old? At this rate it won’t be long till all the films we’re watching are remakes of last years films.

    I wish I had more hands to give this movie four thumbs down. BOOO!

  4. there is no need for a new crow, the first was the best and i found no problem with is, JUST LEAVE IT ALONNNNNNEE, PLEASEEEEEEEEE.

  5. YES, thank you for stating the connection between Brandon Lee’s (RIP) Eric Draven/Crow and Ledger’s joker!
    But as for this, why even do a remake? Why not make a ‘Crow’ movie? How many sequels are there, even Kirsten Dunst was in one of them! And, it is the same damn premise!
    Two things: 1-The Crow is a DARK movie, not TDK. 2nd, @Dr_Noir, come on, bro, Leauge of Extraordinary Gentlemen was great! Connery & Nemo rule in that movie!

  6. C’mon folks..Tim Burton’s Batman was a great movie considering it was done at the end of the 80′s and it has a comedic dark edge to it and the rebooted Nolan Batman franchise has been absolutely fantastic…If the Crow is remade then I cannot see how you can make that movie without it being dark and gothic..I mean it’s a classic reimagining of the revenge flick with O’Barr intending it to be dark and gothic…Too bad about Brandon Lee though I remember that kid had wonderful charisma and he would have been a superstar…Accident with blanks a squib load that allowed a bullet to enter his abdomen, rupturing his aorta and killing him.. Very sad :(

  7. “League” was so awful that it’s the movie that poisoned Alan Moore (Watchmen author) against movie versions of graphic novels.

    Vic

  8. LXG, i don’t think was as terrible as everyone makes it to be, still not a great film. It alsmot makes me wish Sean Connery would do another film, just so that LXG would not be remembered as the the las tfilm he was in.What I don’t understand is why my wife enjoys it. thats a head scratcher, but she also the same person who enjoyed Anaconda. Bleh!

  9. This is one of those rare films… that should never be re-made, rebooted or altered or any other ‘re-’.

    ‘The Crow’ is an amazing film a remake will only disrespect it.

  10. @SK47

    Because the sequels have been so bad, I’m not entirely against Norrington wanting to do a sequel to the preexisting line of straight to DVD releases.

    But if he wants to argue over square one, I’ve got a problem.

  11. @Carl Lee
    yeah, Norrington wanting to make a ‘crow’ movie is fine, he has the visual eye that would suite the franchise.
    But start all over with the same characters and story, why even bother? That is the beauty of The Crow, it is a simple premise.

  12. Agree, just give it a rest don’t follow the trend in Hollywood and do a remake. Be creative make a brand new Crow movie,but sad to say noone in Hollywood has any creativety anymore…
    All I can say is do a FEMALE CROW movie..
    I’d say Boycott this movie and all other reboots/remakes.

  13. He should leave. it will be like what just happened to the lost boys. I will riot, not kidding.

  14. NO

    Just….. NO

  15. So, I take it I’m the only one who thought LXG was fantastic?
    I loved every corny minute of it. No, I haven’t read the book. But since I liked the movie so much, I don’t think I want to.
    Norrington gives excitement. I don’t think he should be bashed for that. As for what a 70-year-old ornery bastich has to say about what makes a good modern movie, please. He’s just an actor when all’s said and done.
    Let the direcetor do the directing. His LXG and Van Helsing may not have been “faithful” but they were fun as heck. My opinon.
    Would LOVE to see another LXG.
    Peace

  16. Norrington did Ven Helsing?….

    You might want to tell Stephen Sommers that…… LOL

  17. My bad, Dave. You’re absolutely right.

  18. I'll watch as many more Blade movies as they care to make.
    But leave the Crow the hell alone. Haven't they screwed it up enough already? How about we ask James O'Barr what he would like done with it?
    I agree, any more of this is just further dancing on Lee's grave.
    Pick another gothic comic to adapt, and move on.

  19. I'll watch as many more Blade movies as they care to make.
    But leave the Crow the hell alone. Haven't they screwed it up enough already? How about we ask James O'Barr what he would like done with it?
    I agree, any more of this is just further dancing on Lee's grave.
    Pick another gothic comic to adapt, and move on.

  20. I'll watch as many more Blade movies as they care to make.
    But leave the Crow the hell alone. Haven't they screwed it up enough already? How about we ask James O'Barr what he would like done with it?
    I agree, any more of this is just further dancing on Lee's grave.
    Pick another gothic comic to adapt, and move on.

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