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‘The Crow’ Producer Shares Remake Details; Casting To Come Soon
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The Crow

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 “” the Mexico/Arizona area “” 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 “” 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?

4 Comments »

  1. Wow. I remember being so obsessed with The Crow movie when it first came out. LOVED IT! The ones that followed…complete disappointments.

    Looking at what Norrington has been involved with I expect that the movie will be visual and mildly entertaining. The cool thing about the ’94 film was that it tried really hard to have the same feel as the graphic novel it was based off of. It didn’t achieve that 100%, but it got close. The mood and the message were there. James O’Barr put a lot of his pain and anger in the story line (which he wrote after a loved one was killed) and Alex and Brandon Lee brought that to the screen very well.

    I hope this new Crow movie keeps some of the original themes to it and does not just go for flash, special effects, and blood.

    Comment by Erin — June 1, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  2. How about no remake whatsoever?

    The description I read in this article sounds like complete and total garbage. I hope this remake ends stuck in development hell.

    Comment by Brian — June 2, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  3. Well, I think there are far worse films that could be made or remade, they get shat out all the time in fact! ;)

    I always remember being really taken with the 1994 film too, and so gutted that Brandon died during its production. I thought it had a quite different feel from the comic, although it shared some of the dark broody atmosphere, and wasn’t quite as gorey (I think a lot of that was cut perhaps? Like the part when he leaps from the roof tops with insane abandon, could’ve been quite shocking, but there’s an imediate cut as he impacts, and all of a sudden he’s laughing) I think the main character feels a lot of pane when he is injured in the comic, more like wolverine if you like.

    Brandon Lee also spoke out slightly in some of the surrounding press interviews about the visual style of the film being guided poorly by brainless Hollywood big-wigs (not a direct quote) opting out of black and white for instance. I’d be interested to see if they shoot or grade it in B&W somehow.

    As for who should play Eric Draven, I guess it doesn’t have to be a martial arts expert although they will probably want OTT combat sequences, but I hope they have a hot body like in the comic, whoever they might be…

    Comment by Gordon Emanuel — June 2, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

  4. The Crow was a once in lifetime success, entirely due to the performances of the cast, the talented director and sadly, all the press surrounding Lee’s death.

    At the helm, Proyas was able to inject subtleties that the following movies lacked terribly.

    The Crow will not be remade and still capture the energy of the original. It will fail just like all the sequels. The only thing a true Crow fan can do is 1. Enjoy the original (watch it black and white for added enjoyment) and 2. Watch and enjoy Alex Proyas’ other films.

    Comment by Devon — June 3, 2010 @ 10:57 am

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