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"Blade" Director to Remake "The Crow"

Posted: December 15th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Blade" Director to Remake "The Crow"Submit Comment
Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of "The Crow," based on the comic created by James O'Barr. Relativity Media is negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise and finance the film.

Pressman produced the 1994 Alex Proyas-directed movie, in which rock musician Eric Draven is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance. Though the original became a gothic-style hit that grossed nearly $100 million worldwide, it is primarily remembered for a tragic accident in which star Brandon Lee was killed during filming.

For Norrington, "The Crow" deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with the Marvel Comics hero "Blade," Norrington took on a big-budget comic transfer with "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." The director has not made a film since.

Norrington said his "The Crow" version will be different than the film Proyas made. "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," he explained.

Source: Variety


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James.Speed writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 2:04:47 AM

Sorry, but The Crow is one of the great comic book movies, and remaking this seems like a bad idea. Brandon Lee died making the original for crying out loud.
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 8:46:36 AM

Why doesn't he just cast the Crow into The Office? Let's be clear: THE CROW IS FULL ON GOTHIC! The character is an iconic image amongst gothic culture....Not against a remake- but when you take away the one thing that makes that property distinctive- it's always a bad idea...then again no one could pull off the crow very well besides Proyas so I dunno...but be prepared to duck mass amounts of thrown fanboy sh*t Norrington.
i3u7n5 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 11:11:36 AM

Christ enough with the remakes already...
Black_Jack writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 12:33:03 PM

You can be sure that they'll check and double-check the prop guns.
CornLord writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 12:35:41 PM

This, like others lately, MIGHT not suck. But it probably will, and that sucks because the original film is in no need of a remake. I really hope they don't cast a d-bag actor in the lead...
Digital Desperado writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 12:36:45 PM

"(...)the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost doc*mentary-style(...)" Suggested titles: - Cloverfield 2: The Crow Tapes - The Crow Witch Project - The Crow 5: Leave good films alone, or the audience will shoot! Judging from the quality of the sequels, this should be good...NOT!!! If they donīt respect anything anymore, at least they should respect the memory of Brandon Lee.
N8R writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 12:52:11 PM

Travesty.
Milwaukee Marvel writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 1:11:13 PM

nahhhh leave it alone
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 1:33:34 PM

"If they donīt respect anything anymore, at least they should respect the memory of Brandon Lee." I see where you're coming from, but I surely doubt Brandon Lee wanted to have the face of The Crow carved into his tombstone...It's too bad Brandon didnt have a resume worth remembering at the time of his death (Rapid Fire? Laser Mission?)...but it's no reason to not move the property forward...If anything how about they recognize that the Crow is not your typical superhero franchise- which seems to be what Norrington thinks. Moving the guy up to the mainstream may kill it's appeal completely.
mattcl23 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 2:24:49 PM

The Crow is one of my fav movies. Agree with James, not always a good idea to remake an already perfect film. Could work with the right actor though. Brandon Lee did a great job, so don't f it up.
metank25 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 3:28:01 PM

Personally, I think it was a bad move making the last installment a comedy. But it was cool seeing Edward Furlong show off his comic chops.
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 3:32:51 PM

Or just CHOPS- God damn that kid needs a dentist.
CROW4LIFE writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 3:45:31 PM

Here is what they should do...digitally remaster the first one...include all the deleted scenes and re-release it in theaters but this time in black and white...with only the flashbacks in color...the way Brandon Lee wanted it to be originally....
Johnny Neat writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 3:49:16 PM

Norrington's off to a horrible start on a horrible idea. Is O'Barr hard up for money?
kidmerchantfourth5665 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 3:50:28 PM

koolio
Schwasted writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 6:17:28 PM

The director of Blade? Where's he been? I'm very interested. The only Crow movie I liked was the first.
manichispanic writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 8:51:34 PM

nooooo!
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 11:57:10 PM

Up till now I've been pretty open minded with the re-makes because most have been decent enough and the ones not yet released look to be good like Friday the 13th. I dont think enough people are open minded with re-makes and well not like they can do much anyways to stop it. Some films need to be re-made because the originals sucked and the re-makes are 1000 times better. With the Crow I say No Way! its one of the best films ever made and very unfortunate about Lees death. They've made like 4-5 sequels to the original and they suck sh*tty ass! Norrigtons take on it seems off for what the movie really was about. "Almost doc*mentary-style" NO! NO! lets not do this one.

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