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THE CROW to fly again

Stephen Norrington to helm relaunch

By Rob M. Worley     December 15, 2008
Source: Variety

In this age of instant reboots it's certainly not too soon to talk about restarting 'The Crow' movie franchise. Today's Variety reports that plans to relaunch the series, based on the comics by James O'Barr, are now taking flight.

According to Variety, Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a new film that will reinvent the series.

Fans recall that the original 'Crow' launched in 1994 under the directing eye of then relative unknown Alex Proyas ('Knowing') and with rising star Brandon Lee as its leading man. The production turned tragic when Lee was accidentally killed on the set of the movie. The franchise never overcame that event. What followed were a string of increasingly terrible sequels and a made-for-syndication TV series. The final film 'Crow: Wicked Prayer' crashed onto the DVD market in 2005.

“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington told Daily Variety.

Norrington himself has had no easy time of it. He first appeared on fan radar by making 'Blade' into an unexpected hit for Marvel and New Line. Five years later he made 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', a movie that Variety says left the director feeling demoralized. He hasn't directed a feature film since then.

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media is negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise and finance the film.

What do you think? Are we ready for a new CROW movie? Who should play the lead role? Post your comments below...

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dubie86 12/15/2008 8:41:54 AM

The Crow would be a great movie to remake. Only if they do it right. I've seen the sequels with the exception of Wicked Prayer due to the fact that i'm waiting for it to show up in the clearance bin for $1 at my local thrift store. The film would be a great way to break a new no-name actor or give a chance for someone to show there acting chops. i heard someting about Jason Statham saying he wanted to be involved which i think would be great, just not as the protagonist. he would make a great t-bird like antagonist character. as far as a lead i think fresh talent would be your best way to go.

dubie86 12/15/2008 8:42:44 AM

The Crow would be a great movie to remake. Only if they do it right. I've seen the sequels with the exception of Wicked Prayer due to the fact that i'm waiting for it to show up in the clearance bin for $1 at my local thrift store. The film would be a great way to break a new no-name actor or give a chance for someone to show there acting chops. i heard someting about Jason Statham saying he wanted to be involved which i think would be great, just not as the protagonist. he would make a great t-bird like antagonist character. as far as a lead i think fresh talent would be your best way to go.

xenomorph 12/15/2008 8:58:05 AM

Norrington did a great job with Blade. Maybe if he gives The Crow the same look and feel as blade it will be as good as the oringinal Brandon Lee version.

shiftysharp 12/15/2008 9:33:46 AM

id throw in that dekker kid from the sarah connor chronicals,reckon he could do the role justice.

Thorn 12/15/2008 10:46:53 AM

Remake "The Crow"? Nah - much, much too soon. The original is barely 15 years old - it's doesn't even feel dated yet. What's next after this, are they going to remake "The Matrix" 5 years from now?!

Besides, Norrington? Please. The first "Blade" film was good (hell, I even liked the second) but at least get someone who is a bit underused and underrated. Someone like... Mark Romanek? Tarsem Singh? Vincent Ward?

Don't remake The Crow - the sequels tarnished the originals enough, a remake wouldn't do any better.

l0rdleg0las 12/15/2008 12:01:55 PM

Will Hollywood please quit fucking with classis movies that are still good even today and are in no need of a remake.

if they want to do something with the series and make a good Crow movie that is fine, but don't fuck with the original.

fokkerdude 12/15/2008 12:05:57 PM

 Make a new Crow movie in the feel of the first? Sure, sounds good to me. But REMAKE the first movie? You have got to be kidding!! That movie is a classic and remaking it is a slap in the face to anybody and everybody who worked on it. C'mon Hollywood, learn to be original again instead of rehashing stuff that's already been done just ot make a few bucks.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 12/15/2008 12:40:33 PM

Exactly...Fokker...I mean I'm not going to complain if there's a remake...but in The Crow lore it says that this has happened many, many times to many different people.  There's tons of Crow books and comics to get stories from.  Why redo the same story?  This will be the only time I kind of gripe about a remake.  I read one Crow book by Poppy Z Brite about a gay guy and his lover that got killed and the gay guy came back to kill the people that killed him. The scene in the book where he came back to life was particuliarly gruesome;  blood flowing in the air going back inside him, the flesh kntting back together, etc.  That book was the shit.  I read it before going to Basic Training almost eight years ago.  Forgot what it was called.  You should check it out, Norrington!  Like he reads this.  Same for you producers!

Flint521466 12/15/2008 1:47:41 PM

Well said Thorn, well said indeed. 

blinkbomber 12/15/2008 2:36:55 PM

im gonna have to disagree with flint and thorn.  not well said at all.  i mean, Hulk was remade what, like 5 years after it came out???  and Funny Games was remade by its original director only ten years after the original.  and as far as i can tell The Incredible Hulk was much more well received than its predecessor... and as for Funny Games... i loved that flick, though never saw the original.


The Crow just happens to be my favorite movie of all time.  I even enjoyed the two sequels following, though Wicked Prayer was just horrid.  15 years is plenty of time.  Remake-reimagining (done "well") could be awesome.  Also, keep the Skull Cowboy in the film.


hey, JawBreaking... is that the book where the gay Crow character cuts off some dude's penis and then (I think) feeds it to him???  lol, yeah... i don't wanna see that.

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