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Stephen Norrington's The Crow Remake is Moving Forward?

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October 21, 2009
Source: Mania.com

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Nearly a year ago, it was officially announced that Stephen Norrington, of the train wreck that was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, would be returning to directing after some 5 years to remake Alex Proyas' The Crow. Considering the history surrounding that film, fans were in an uproar, but Norrington insisted it was his passion project. We haven't heard anything since then, but Mania.com has an update from a "source close to the production" who tells them that Norrington has turned in a script to Relativity Media and that it was "very well received." With that approval, it's now moving forward into the casting stage.

If this update is accurate (it seems legit), it looks like we'll actually be getting a Crow remake, reboot or whatever you want to call it, whether you like it or not. Need I remind you that The Crow was actually based on a comic book created by James O'Barr. I believe Norrington is going all the way back to that comic for a fresh new take on The Crow. As he explained last year: "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." To be honest, I thought this was one of those projects that would never move forward just because it was too much of ideal pitch. Apparently I was wrong. We'll definitely let you know what else we hear about this project.

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Reader Feedback - 30 Comments

1

This is a terrible idea! Nothing will ever top the late Brandon Lee's original!

Spider on Oct 21, 2009

2

I wonder who will fill the gigantic shoes of Mr. Lee. Thats like remaking Dark Knight and reduing the Joker. They would have to put a whole different twist on this.... I'm keeping an open mind. If it looks any good I will see it.

Tim on Oct 21, 2009

3

I liked City of Angels a lot. I hope this becomes a success as well.

Some Guy on Oct 21, 2009

4

I'd be down to see a remake of this if done properly......that's a big "if" though.

Cmurder on Oct 21, 2009

5

The new version of The Crow should be shot on 16mm or Super16 old stock, black/white, panel for panel, it suits this film perfect. It needs that gritty look and you just can't fake that with modern CGI and filters. Take a peek at the brilliant 'Dark Days' ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235327/ ) by Mark Singer. Maybe the only film shot on Super 16 last decade? That's how The Crow should look, and I mean the picture, the visuals. Not saying I don't like Alex Proyas' The Crow, I loved it, but it was an underground comic gem, the grittyness of it was lost imo. Don't care much for the sequels. I have not seen the TV-series, maybe time to take a peek at these again. Or maybe not

David Banner on Oct 21, 2009

6

Casting casting casting.. that's gonna matter the most when attempting to redo a classic. (ie. Heath Ledger as the Joker)

Rod Tidwell on Oct 21, 2009

7

the first movie was awesome as it now they want to add "realistic, hard edged and mysterious." What kind of crap is that? Hopefully this jackass of director does it good. I completely agree with #3 on this one. its like doing a remake of a movie that should not even be remake at all! imagine dark knight being remake as a documentary style? like...seriously...that is just stupid. city of angels was good. but, every crap after that is just horrible.

LC on Oct 21, 2009

8

epic fail

matt on Oct 21, 2009

9

the crow doesn't need a remake.

jake the snake on Oct 21, 2009

10

gonna suck

sam on Oct 21, 2009

11

dont ruin a classic!!!

ME on Oct 21, 2009

12

Noooo 🙁 It doesn't need to be remade.....*sigh*

Sabes on Oct 21, 2009

13

This is an outrage! Try making a film with new ideas. Leave the classics ALONE!!!!!

Kristen on Oct 21, 2009

14

There's no point in trying top Brandon Lee. Leave this be, Hollywood.

Henry Jones Sr. on Oct 21, 2009

15

Looks great.

Fisherr on Oct 21, 2009

16

For the first time since 2007 I'm going to post a serious comment. I've been a Crow fan for the past 5 years now, I first saw the original movie over 10 years ago on VHS and I rediscovered it 5 years ago and after that I went and found the DVDs for the other movies and bought a bootleg of the TV series and I read the graphic novel, pretty much seen everything but the Image comics and the Sega Saturn video game. I actually enjoyed each of the films in their own way (Wicked Prayer was my favorite of the sequels) and think that a remake could potentially be good. They should've done what they were planning to do after Wicked Prayer: make another sequel about a girl Crow in Hong Kong, that would've been interesting and they could've done so much with that, or they should've done the Rob Zombie The Crow: 2023 or whatever that was where the main character was a bounty hunter in the future who's mother was killed on Halloween, that was pretty cool, you can find the script somewhere online if you look hard enough.

Kail on Oct 21, 2009

17

hit him in the head with a brick! That movie is pure amazing. From the cinematography to the acting, to the makeup, but most of all, the shots of the crow! Its such a amazing film. Why oh Why are they remaking this? also, the concept for the crow isn't very "realistic" which is why the gothic style worked so well for it. I don't see a documentary style working well. I think this guy watched the [Rec] remake and District 9 too many times (one of which was amazing, the other, not so much, can you guess which one? 😛 )

dave13 on Oct 21, 2009

18

The crow is always on my top 3 all time favorite movies. I've seen it over 100 times easy and its perfectly done, and perfectly cast. DONT FUCK WITH THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!! I cant believe that hollywood cant figure out some new stories to tell on film, especially when it comes to horror! But this is a bad idea, everything about the original crow is perfect.

weapon XIII on Oct 21, 2009

19

Heath ledger would not be hard to replace and more so, he did not die on the set. Lee died on the set so it's more than the role he played but how the entire story of the movie and its making is sacred. Redoing it is very much a slap in the face. Bringing back the Joker in the 4th Batman...no care. Lee was shot, he didn't overdose. This sucks though. I'd appreciate a really good new Crow unlike the made for TV versions (I know they weren't but they sucked enough) that is a reboot for the franchise but not ignoring the original. Just tack on a late sequel even though they don't really tie in.

Tra la la la la di da on Oct 21, 2009

20

Although I am with the vast majority of people/fans when saying I don't believe a remake of The Crow is necessary or will hold any justice to the 1994 cult classic, but Hollywood is going to remake movies till the end of their days. This was inevitable. It doesn't mean it will be any good... but nothing will taint the original. They made several terrible sequels and yet the original is still epic. And will always remain epic.

Dan the Fan on Oct 21, 2009

21

pourquoi faire un remake de the crow en plus par stephen norrington(blade)ggggrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!! ça me surpasse

devils 2 on Oct 21, 2009

22

my coment's the same as Number 1

Cineprog on Oct 22, 2009

23

The Crow does not need a remake.... its perfect the way it is, and if the directors fs this up...man just come up with an original script already, i am tired of remakes of perfectly good movies.

malink on Oct 22, 2009

24

Honestly i dont see why not, yeah its gonna be hard for this director to find someone to top brandon lee, but there are so many good new actors out there, i dont see it being hard. There are a couple of them i wouldnt mind seeing or at least seeing if they could pull it off. So im up to this, the first movie and sequal to that one was good but the other two sucked. So hopefully he can do this right if not then i can see him never doing his job again for all the fans would probably kill him. So im sitting back and looking at this with an open mind untill i find out who is potrying the crow in this film have a nice day

Jeremy on Oct 22, 2009

25

Stop right there, Norrington. You've gone too far.

daniel on Oct 23, 2009

26

would people shut up about The Dark Night and Leath Ledger, this page is about The Crow every movie that comes out is compared to TDK. I bet even when toy story 3 comes out that people will say that mr potatoe heads preformance isnt as good as Heath. people need a job

Steve on Oct 23, 2009

27

The no talent remakes keep coming, they just keep finding things that were successful and keep milking them, what a slap insult to the original. Sorry Alex and Brandon but people keep paying for this kind of trash.

my name is mine on Oct 24, 2009

28

I was beyond pissed off when I heard this...PLEASE DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT REDO THIS MOVIE PLEEEEEEEASE! Can't you do something else? Like a zombie movie?

Eric on Nov 5, 2009

29

Second reboot attempt was to throw out Cave’s script and find a new director/writer/star. Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, 28 Weeks Later) washired last Spring, working from a script by Alex Tse (co-writer on Watchmen). The Hangover star Bradley Cooper, are the ones who will materialize this movie.

Otaku Castle on Jan 27, 2012

30

Why would you wanna remake The Crow?, I rather see a Knight Rider motion picture remake, maybe yeah, but don't mess with the original, (smh, that's sad), well..the only person comes to mind that loves dark sinister roles, Johnny Depp, jus get him physically ripped for the film, i guess. smh

MDstatus on Nov 21, 2012

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