Relativity Media’s long-in-development reboot of The Crow, based on James O’Barr‘s 1989 independent comic book miniseries, has seen its fair share of talent attach and detach from this troubled project since it was first announced nearly three years ago.
First Stephen Norrington, the director of Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was given the directing reigns with screenwriter/musician Nick Cave (The Proposition) on scripting duty, but both left the project when the development stalled.
Bloody-Disgusting has the scoop that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the lead role in The Crow remake.
Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.
As if remaking The Crow wasn’t bad enough, it seems Relativity Media has made an offer to The Happening star, but there’s no word yet whether Wahlberg has accepted the role.
Earlier this summer, producer Edward Pressman said that an offer was out to a “major actor” and that writer/director Stephen Norrington had completed the script for the remake of the 1994 Alex Proyas cult classic, which starred Brandon Lee as the lead character [Read “˜The Crow’ Producer Shares Remake Details; Casting To Come Soon]. At the end of July, reports came that Nick Cave would be doing rewrites on the script.
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.
Ok, let’s get the relevant details out of the way immediately. They’re remaking The Crow and Stephen Norrington is being tapped to write and direct it.
The classic James O’Barr comic was adapted to screen in the nineties by director Alexy Proyas and it starred the late Brandon Lee in his final role. Lee was killed during filming in an eerie on-set firearms accident that hearkens back to a scene from Game of Death which starred his father Bruce Lee, who died from injuries sustained during the filming of a movie as well (well, the details are hazy on how the cerebral edema came about, but it’s still eerie… deal). There were a few sequels: a part two which got a proper theatrical release but unfortunately went in the wrong direction. While the O’Barr comics had a palpable ethereal quality they were not overtly supernatural. The comic (and the original film) was a sanguine tale of revenge whose focus was on love and loss. But the sequel hijacked the most mediocre of other-worldly plot-elements from the first film and ran off a cliff with them creating their own absurd mythos. The subsequent direct-to-DVD jalopies are hardly worth a mention beyond that they exist and the latest one featured a barely recognizable Edward Furlong in the pole position.