Stephen Norrington is No Longer Directing 'The Crow' Remake
It looks like Wahlberg might be behind a regime change with this. After reporting a few days ago that Mark Wahlberg was the front-runner for the role of Eric Draven in The Crow remake, we now have word from Comics2Film that director Stephen Norrington isn't involved anymore. Norrington, infamous for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was the one who originally spearheaded development on this back in 2008. When the site got in touch with him for an update, he replied with, "I don't know about that story but I can tell you I'm no longer involved with The Crow." Rumors are that it might've been because of Wahlberg.
Norrington when on to say that an "unnamed star" had become involved and loved his vision/take on it, but "rejected the Norrington/Cave script and asked for a completely new take from a completely new writer." He addded: "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," Norrington tells us. "I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised." There wasn't confirmation that it's Wahlberg who's doing this, or another unidentified actor, but that is an interesting story behind the speedbump in the development of The Crow. We'll keep you updated!
Whenever we write about this remake, there's always a considerably lively response in the comments, which means people are definitely interested to hear about this, but most don't want it to happen at all. They'll be happy knowing this has hit a snag, but I'm sure whatever big name actor is now attached will definitely help them get a new writer and director on-board quite quickly. "I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach," Norrington added. "He's a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff." Let's hope whoever they choose can deliver a performance on par with Brandon Lee.