Stephen Norrington is No Longer Directing 'The Crow' Remake
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2010
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.
I'm not upset about a remake of a beloved classic like the Crow, but I am slightly worried Wahlberg is the right choice for this particular role. He's a fine actor but it all feels like a Twilight Zone episode to me. Perhaps the powers that be know more about the situation than I do. I would have gone in a different direction with Sharlto Copley or maybe even Terrance Zdunich. I guess that's why I'm paying 8 bucks for milk duds instead of getting paid 8 million to make the movies.
Tether on Oct 21, 2010
Dear Hollywood, Please fuck off and leave this great classic alone. thank you
Left Hook on Oct 22, 2010
I hope Norrington now does the LOST PATROL...
niwa on Oct 22, 2010
I sure hope Hollywood leaves this project alone! There are plenty of bad flicks that can be re-made into great movies! "The Crow" is a classic and it must be left that way!
Spider on Oct 22, 2010
No matter who they get...THEY CAN'T BE LEE!
lamar on Oct 22, 2010
no one can deliver a performance on par with Lee. NO ONE! Mark Wahlberg will look laughable in the make-up, Not as bad as Edward Furlong, but bad. The man died making this movie! just leave it alone.
Astroboy3000 on Oct 22, 2010
If Hollywood HAS to remake 'The Crow', cast Taylor Kistch, NOT Mark Wahlberg!
kathleen smith on Oct 22, 2010
Please, for the love of DOG, tell me the majority of people on this earth want this film left alone?! why cant they just stick to writing shitty sequels and allow the value of this movie and the sake of a dead actor be left intact. this film is brilliant. right down the the NIN cover of dead souls. youre not going to make a better one. films that have made an impact should be left to its glory.
blah blah on Oct 23, 2010
Yes i agree man Brandon Lee is the definitive crow. There have been so many crow sequels and they all bombed it is a red flag to leave this movie alone, this is not one of the ones to be remade. I love mark whalberg but this is not the movie for him. There is just no replacing brandon lee in the crow.
keese on Oct 24, 2010
lawl fired. Love Marky Mark. I'm not feelin' him for the Crow though. In fact, I'll be surprised if this gets out of preprod.
bozo on Oct 25, 2010
Hopefully there'll be no remake at all.
Amy on Nov 9, 2010
I'll keep my fingers crossed... too many good classic cults have been ruined..FOREVER.. please not this one.... I'll even sacrifice my own firstborn!! Just... don't...let it happen...
Eva on Dec 19, 2010
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