Stephen Norrington to 'Reinvent' The Crow for Film

Stephen Norrington to Direct The Crow

Four movies (two theatrical, two direct to video/DVD) and one short-lived television series under its belt, and it appears as if The Crow will fly once again.

As reported by Variety, Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a “reinvention” of The Crow, which is of course, based on the comic by James O’Barr. According to the trade, “Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media is negotiating with [original The Crow] producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise and finance the film.”

The pairing is an interesting one, to be sure. Norrington is seen by some as one of the principle architects of the current wave of comic book movies, as he directed Blade in 1998, setting a new tone and fresh style for characters moving from comics to film. While he received critical and fan acclaim for his work on Blade, Norrington’s second outing, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a critical and commercial failure, and his disagreements with League star Sean Connery were legendary.

Prior to this, Norrington was attached to a remake of Clash of the Titans at Warner Bros., which has since fallen through. Louis (The Incredible Hulk) Leterrier is now slated to direct the film.

Norrington said that his version of The Crow will be different from the most memorable interpretation, the 1994 film directed by Alex Proyas, starring the late Brandon Lee. Norrington told Variety, “Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.”

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