A remake (or reboot — whatever you want to call it these days) to the 1994 cult classic The Crow has been on the way for quite a while now, but with little information shared. That’s because writer/director Stephen Norrington has been busy working on the script for the duration.
Talking to MTV recently, producer Edward Pressman (who has produced all Crow films thus far) shared that Norrington has finished the script, he thinks that it’s “terrific,” and that they hope to begin filming the movie some time later this year.
Pressman also revealed that they do have an offer out to a “major actor” and that Norrington’s vision is much different than that of Alex Proyas, who handled the ’94 film. Norrington is best known for directing Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and he has also done work in make-up and special effects on titles like Aliens, Alien 3, and Feast.
In terms of actual details, nothing too juicy has been shared, but Pressman did tell us where the new movie would be set.
The setting is the southwest â€” the Mexico/Arizona area â€” and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that,” he described. “There are two locations that the film is set. Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern America, and then back.
The producer then went on to try and explain how this remake changes things up, though the efforts are pretty cryptic and certainly induce some head-scratching. After that, Pressman jumps to what appears to be one of the keys of this project: the visuals. If anything, we can assume there’s a good chance this new take on The Crow will look very different and interesting.
The Crow itself is a creature in this movie â€” it’s not just a bird; it’s got a personality and a character. Not like Godzilla exactly, but it’s very different [and has] a more active role in the story.
Obviously it’s a different time and a different idea, but I think Stephen is a very talented fellow and I’m very excited to work with him. I think it’s a very different conception [than the original film]. After the first ‘Crow,’ there were so many other films that were inspired by it, by its look. Steve is an artist himself, and he’s created a very different visual idea.
No word yet on when the movie will be released, but it will be some time in 2011, barring some type of major disaster. If they get their star soon and do indeed begin filming this year, it sounds like they want it done and out as soon as possible.
Who do you want to see take on this new-look Crow?