The Crow remake loses director
I'm a little surprised by the news but the man who was writing and directing the remake of The Crow has dropped off the project, and while he doesn't sound too pleased he has something else to work on and the fans of the original Crow might feel a little more relaxed.
Stephen Norrington, the man who directed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which I still believe is a good film, and Blade had written and was set to direct the new version of The Crow, with him was Nick Cave who had rewritten the script and apparently made it even better.
However much you might not have wanted a remake of The Crow, Stephen Norrington's film was going to give you it, and this was going to be a re-imagining of the original story of the character, not a straight remake of the film. Producer Ryan Kavanaugh had said of the film:
"I think it's something cool, we're approaching it differently. It's really a whole relaunch of the franchise, much more of a dark superhero type…It's not a remake it's literally a relaunch of the franchise….We're just relaunching it and making it with a much more present day character, someone more relatable to everybody."
So different indeed. Nick Cave had rewritten the script and bearing in mind that he wrote the excellent The Proposition, his take on Norrington's Crow script could have been really interesting, Norrington thought so too.
”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...I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.”
Strange that he's off the project since the producers were so keen to get the film moving forward and thought that there would be a film out this year, and that was with Norrington and Cave on the project. So what's happened? Well there's no real idea, but he did say:
”As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed.”
Not sure I understand why that was inevitable, but there we go. Now he's off the film and concentrating on his next, The Lost Patrol. So does that mean The Crow remake, or re-imagining, is dead?
I quite doubt that. There was a lot of interest in getting this project going and the producers were really keen to get it done, and to be fair had a good couple of writers and a strong director behind the film.