Norrington to Reboot Crow Franchise

The Crow is comming backAfter taking a self-imposed sabbatical following the “demoralizing” experience of making League of Extraordinary Gentleman, which I felt demoralized just watching, Variety reports that Stephen Norrington is returning to filmmaking with a new film based on James O’Barr’s classic antihero, The Crow.

His approach won’t be the Gothic style Alex Proyas used to such good effect in the 1994 original, but rather a ”realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style” film. That’s a little bit odd, as the Gothic style really worked for the story of a murdered rock star who comes back for revenge one year after his death, but Norrington seems pretty confident in his vision.

It’s not a done deal yet, Ed Pressman still has the rights to the franchise and is working with Relativity Media on a deal as we speak, but chances are good this will come to fruition before we know it. Hell, it can’t be worse than the terrible sequels or TV series that were spawned from the original can it?

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  • Enraged_Otter

    This new Crow movie should be about Ronald Mcdonald and friends getting brutally killed off by the Burger King. Only to have Ronald come back as the Crow seeking revenge.

  • G.D.

    Don’t exactly know what the realistic/documentary thing means, but if it means a naturalistic shooting style, a la The Wrestler, then I have to say it’s kinda intriguing… Of course, at the same time, you run the risk of trying too hard to treat the fantastic in a realistic way (which, if you’ve read about Aronofsky’s plans for Batman, can be really fucking out there).

    I’m a huge fan of the first movie and I think it’s a cool idea to go the complete opposite way, stylistically rather than just trying to copy, much less TOP the style of the first one.

    • Messiahman

      Norrington’s an interesting choice. I don’t blame him for LEAGUE, since the studio completely took it away from him, but he did a fine job with BLADE. I’m anxious to see what he has in store.

  • Sirand

    Our communist-loving, shark-obsessed pal is back! Awesome!

    As for The Crow, it should never have been a franchise to begin with – in movie or comic form (O’Barr’s follow-ups were all pretty lame). It was a perfect stand alone comic and movie that was tainted by a silly pop culture response.

    • Fireflyfan

      what’s the matter andy? couldn’t afford the laser surgury to remove your lips from MM’s buttocks?

  • Messiahman

    Incidentally, DARK CITY was way cooler than THE CROW.

    • frank_dracman

      I couldn’t agree with you more, MM. This time, anyway.

  • Johnny Butane

    Is it odd to say I missed him?


    Good, cause I didn’t.

    • Fireflyfan

      You are refering to me I take it?

      I’m sorry- why do I give a damn if you missed me or not?

      Did I miss the memo why I should care?

      Incidentally, nice job letting a guy’s buddy review a film because you don’t have the balls to get a real unbiased opinion on a movie. Awesome.

  • Fireflyfan

    The Original was great. Certainly much better than a certain movie about a swarm of sharks.

    It should also be remembered that no book, game or comic can or should ever be transferred directly to film and nor should they be. Common sense dictates they are different mediums, and thus need alterations.

    • Messiahman

      He’s back! And he still argues against points that weren’t being made! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

      • FilmCritic3000

        Wow! He *is* back! Wow!

        Now that that’s out of the way, time for breakfast. I think I’ll swing by Jack In The Box.

        (BTW, check your PM, David.)

        • Messiahman

          Ah, Breakfast Jacks – nectar of the gods!

      • Fireflyfan

        If you make a piece of shit movie, how can you call anything overrated?

        I just find it hillarious and ironic that the writer of shark swarm rips on critically acclaimed movies.

        I mean sure you can, but it’s not like you can do better- at least I never claim to be able to do better when I bash something.

        • Sirand

          “at least I never claim to be able to do better when I bash something.”

          Show me where anyone else on this website has said they could do better.

          Your sad little grudge and mindless arguments are indeed “hillarious”

        • Messiahman

          Wow, you’re still just as sunshiny as ever, huh? I was referring to the part of your post where you rambled on about how direct adaptations shouldn’t be done, when I had never said anything of the like. Only that there was further room to adapt and that it’s intriguing to go a totally different route.

          As for the rest… ooh, so you didn’t like one of the many movies I wrote on assignment. Oh no! What am I gonna do without the approval of Anonymous Internet Guy Who Can’t Spell?!

  • Messiahman

    The overrated original was a mediocre film with a rather good lead performance and would likely be much less celebrated if Brandon Lee hadn’t died during shooting.

    Also, it should be remembered that the character in the comic was NOT a murdered rock star killed over a contrived land deal. He was a nobody who died a random death because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Still, the comic was one of the early touchstones of the Goth movement, filled with mopy images and Rimbaud excerpts, and playing that down would seem to be a bad move, as that was the most distinctive thing about it.

    Still, I bet Hot Topic will find a way to market more t-shirts off this. And a whole new generation of pale, humorless teenage girls who write awful poetry will have someone new to swoon over.

    • FilmCritic3000

      I think fanfiction.net is going to get a spike in traffic after this film comes out. Mark my words.