Stephen Norrington Leaves ‘The Crow’ Reboot

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Good news: those reports about Mark Wahlberg being offered the lead role in The Crow reboot might not be true. Bad news:  director Stephen Norrington is no longer involved with the project.

Evidently someone was cast (or was at least very interested) to play the new Crow, and the script rewrites that actor demanded apparently persuaded Norrington to jump ship.

The eclectic filmmaker has been involved with this new adaptation of James O’Barr’s popular graphic novel from its earliest stages and was determined to make The Crow reboot as different from previous incarnations as possible.

If you’ve seen any of The Crow sequels you know that they already essentially remade the first movie three times. So while Norrington’s insistence that they were breaking new ground didn’t make a reboot feel any more necessary, it did give me hope that there was finally a director looking at this property with a fresh set of eyes.

That said, it’s somewhat unfortunate to hear him admit that The Crow reached a point where it was no longer the film he wanted to make. While addressing those Wahlberg rumors for Mania, Norrington reveals:

“I don’t know about that story but I can tell you I’m no longer involved with The Crow.”

He elaborates that an unnamed actor became involved with the film and was extremely enthusiastic about the director’s vision – but not his script. Although Norrington doesn’t divulge the actor’s identity, it’s apparently someone with enough pull to request a new writer and a new approach to the material. Norrington explains:

“As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth … I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.”

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Much like George Miller’s aborted Justice League film, it’s easy to talk about how brilliant something would have been knowing an audience will never see it – but the fact that Norrington’s initial script intrigued Nick Cave enough to get involved suggests this might have been a really interesting take on The Crow.

And it turns out Norrington actually would have supported Wahlberg in the lead role:

“I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach … He’s a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff.”

I still think Wahlberg is a terrible choice, and I’m a little confused because I thought a gritty approach was exactly what Norrington had in mind? Regardless, now that The Crow is behind him Norrington has turned his attention to The Lost Patrol – a supernatural World War II film set up at Legendary Pictures.

So who is this mysterious new actor determined to revamp The Crow? Is it possible this person has since left the project as well and Wahlberg is still a contender?

Now that The Crow reboot has scrapped eighteen months worth of work, it looks as if it’s time to search for a new writer and director. We’ll keep you updated on any further developments.

Source: Mania

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  1. it probably was nicholas cage lol

    he’s like in every kind of movie now

    • I just threw up on my keyboard.

      • LOL!!

  2. I was kinda looking forward to this. With the talent behind the camera it sounded promising.

    • what talent? hopefully this is only the begining, hopefully it doesnt get made at all

      • why not? i wouldnt mind a reboot.

        • spend the budget on a non-remake film instead.

      • AMEN BROTHER!!!

        I once thought that Norrington was a good director after watching Blade,but then I saw LXG,and quite possibly one of the worst movies that I’ve ever seen,The Last Minute.

        Why would they just make a movie of one of the other comic stories?
        There was a female Crow,Wasn’t there? Why not try to tackle that,instead of rehashing something that’s already been done?

        • Diminishing returns. Each sequel did worse than the one before it. Rather than being relegated to low-budget straight-to-video efforts (like Salvation & Wicked Prayer), a remake/reboot probably seemed like the only way to get the franchise back on track (financially at least).

          It doesn’t carry any of the baggage or preconceived notions a subtitle would. It’s back to square one. I’m not saying I think it’s a good idea- just that I understand how they arrived at the decision.

          I don’t know if Jeff Most is still a producer, but that man really destroyed this franchise. The original script/cut of City of Angels attempted to expand the mythology and hit different beats than the original but instead they recut it to make it resemble the first movie as much as possible. That really set the tone for the subsequent sequels.

          I think they’ve always been afraid that doing something too different from the original film would alienate their core audience.

  3. Isn’t the word “gritty” being bandied about more than it should be, these days? It seems that everything from supernatural thrillers to the next Care Bears movie are being promoted as “grittier”. It’s almost the “mot du jour” in the movie industry.

    I guess soon it will be “Gritty 3-D”.

    • I know what you mean. Almost every comic-book or science-fiction movie uses the word.

      “Batman: The Dark Knight” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Stargate: Universe” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “The Crow: Reboot” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Highlander: The Reboot” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Superman: Reboot” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Spiderman III” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Watchmen” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Transformers III” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Star Wars: Live Action Series” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Star Trek XI” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Star Trek XII” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.
      “Indiana Jones VI” = Gritty, Realistic, and Darker.

      Yep! We are now entering dullsville.

      • What we really need is more grits.

      • Glad to hear this. After noticing this gritty phase myself I saw Speed Racer in a whole new light. CBM’s (comic book movies) can be splashy and overly saturated (also see Kick Ass) with color and still stay realistic and “grounded”.

  4. Sounds like the work of Edward Norton.

  5. Actors should stick to acting and leave script details to the writers..

    • hollywood should try and come up new ideas instead or ruining classic films like The Crow

      • Well we know that’s never going to happen.. original ideas are shunned and practically the stuff of legend(like Bigfoot, Loch-Ness) in Hollywood, especially big-budget Hllywood.

        • youre right :( a guy can hope cant he lol

  6. Maybe it wa Bale as much as i like him he did it to Salvation forced th re writes msde john apart of the movie maybe its him

  7. Ed Norton?

  8. CROW, I cast thee into Development Heck! There, now we can forget about it… :P

  9. There is only a few acotrs i can think of that have that kinda of pull Bale,Norton,Smith,…. any one else?

  10. maybe Tom Cruise

    • Tom Cruise in “The Crow”? Hahaha….

      • i hope he was joking..

  11. it was johnny depp.
    maybe he’s still pissed he never got the role for the original film

    • Depp was never seriously considered. According to Bridget Baiss’ book “The Crow: The Story Behind the Film”, producers discussed Christian Slater and musician Charlie Sexton for the role of Eric, but Brandon Lee was the ONLY actor they ever officially offered the part to.

    • I thought the same, but unlikely, seeing how Pirates 4 is around the corner and Depp wants to get The Thin Man rolling.

  12. In a way…. good

    While it may have been interesting to see a more direct take on the graphic novel by James O’ Barr – the only real reason for a reboot, by the way- it sounds like Norrington was starting to compromise a little, and was satisfied with the current draft. But there comes in “an actor” who wants the script changed to the point where the director walks and the project dies for now.

    I’m hard to think who it could be. I’m stumped myself. The usual suspects are on other projects. But whoever it was, I applaud them. Because it seemed Norrington wanted to take the Supernatural out, and had to put a little of it back in. Perhaps it wasn’t enough.

    And there was the problem. Take out the supernatural aspect of the character; you might as well remake Death Wish. It’s just another revenge picture.

    Not too mention we have a slew of comics to screen projects to choose from. The Crow has a name, but would you be more interested in Green Lantern or Thor? See what I mean? It’s not like you have the playing field all to yourself, y’know?

    Don’t get me wrong though. I would like to see another take on The Crow. Maybe there is a story that can be done.

    This was not that story.

    • I agree for the most part, but I don’t think we have enough information about Norrington’s take to make any definitive claims as to what kind of film it would have been. Words like “gritty” are so vague when it comes to movies and I never got the impression he was talking about the content, but rather the aesthetic.

      Proyas’ Crow was incredibly stylized and I think Norrington’s would have been too but in an incredibly different way. It seemed like a smart approach. Drop the “goth” label the original film’s been stuck with and develop a new look/feel/tone/whatever.

      I also remember them at one point saying there wouldn’t actually be a physical bird like in the previous films. It was going to be more like the comic where it was either a projection of Draven’s fractured state of mind or something more supernatural.

      I don’t know- I never felt like Norrington was going to shy away from that stuff. Guess we’ll never know. What’s interesting is that other than Draven returning from the dead and his immortality, the previous film ignored or cut out all of the supernatural stuff from the comic.

      I loved the 1994 movie growing up, but I can admit parts of it have not aged well. The revenge angle IS pretty stale at this point. Does the world need a new Crow movie? Probably not. The first film sort of perfectly encapsulate mid-90′s sensibilities and it’s a fun relic of that era. If they HAD to reboot it, though Norrington really seemed like a guy that could do something unique with it.

      Like so many others have expressed, though- if this winds up stuck in development hell I won’t be shedding any tears.

      • it just simply doesnt need to be remade/rebooted, or otherwise touched in anyway.

  13. i was just thinking that the secret actor might be Keanu Reeves coz he has quite a bit of pull in the industry not that i rate him as a great actor but id say he may be a good choice coz hed use his real life experience of losing a loved one