The Crow remake
Stephen Norrington is set to write and direct a remake of The Crow. The man who brought us Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is looking to recreate the character in an entirely different light to the one we saw him in (or out of) in the Alex Proyas directed film starring Brandon Lee.
This would mark the first film that Norrington has been involved with since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a film that so many people slated upon its release.
Interestingly, when I look back on that film, I really enjoy it and its characters, and for a superhero ensemble film you have to admit that it works a hell of a lot better than films such as Fantastic Four (Filmstalker review). I enjoy watching that film and the characters and story are pretty damn good, I would have been excited to see them in a sequel, and yet after that film both Stephen Norrington and Sean Connery never made another film, and in fact Connery slates the film when questioned about it.
It seems, according to Variety, that Norrington was close to making another film a few times, he was close to making The Mutant Chronicles some time ago and then he was signed to direct Clash of the Titans but left after he said he could not excite Warner Bros. with his idea nor influence the script enough for his liking.
After The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen he felt demoralised and went away to concentrate on other aspects of his life, but now it would seem the time and the project are right. A recreation of The Crow.
Apparently he wants to create a realistic take of the character, in his own words:
“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.”
Now that does have some appeal, although there's a concern that he would become just a dark vigilante. Or really is that a concern at all? Perhaps that would be a good turn for the character.
Reading the article it seems that there's still some paperwork to be done on the deal, but Stephen Norrington could be writing and directing a remake of The Crow very soon. The question is do we want one, is there space for another dark hero, and will enough people have accepted or forgiven The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?