The Crow Reboot – latest news

The Crow

Oh thanks Hollywood, another unnecessary reboot…
In the continuing saga of “films we just can’t leave alone”, the Stephen Norrington reboot of The Crow trundles ever forwards.

Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is scheduled to direct the reboot, and Edward Pressman, producer has given MTV an exclusive on the developing film.

“[We’ve got an offer out] to a major actor and things are moving ahead very aggressively, with the aim of doing the film this year…

The setting is the southwest — the Mexico/Arizona area — and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that. 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 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.”

Pretty much everything about that statement makes me want to headdesk… Norrington was originally signed on to do The Crow at the end of 2008 so it’s been a long time coming. The choice of 2 settings is curious, I expect some kind of North American Indian references, or perhaps something to do with the Day of the Dead. But even the idea seems cluttered and clumsy. As for The Crow being a “creature”? That can’t bode well.

So much of The Crow is based on visuals, that if the reboot is visually arresting it may well win over it’s intended audience. The casting will also be key, the franchise moved from the sublime (Brandon Lee) to the ridiculous (Edward Furlong). That Norrington hasn’t helmed anything since he eviscerated The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is also a major concern. Right now, I’m not convinced… how about you?

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~ by moviegrrlreviews on June 2, 2010.

6 Responses to “The Crow Reboot – latest news”

  1. Don’t really have a problem with it, to be honest. Norrington has shown promise in the moments when the films stars havent out muscled him, and the original adaptation of the crow was just one take on it. Its not really any different from having reboots of any other comic book property, so unless i’m going to abstain from watching any future Batman film on the grounds that Chris Nolan made one i liked, i can’t have a problem with this. Hollywood has always been about remakes, and some of the films that we hold dear are remakes themselves.

    The thing about the crow being a creature, hard to tell what they mean. It could be an epic mistake, or it could be that they’re merging the crow with the Skull Cowboy, who was cut out of the first adaptation.

    the southwest setting could be for some mystical bookend, purgatory or heaven, something like that. The crow leading him to the afterlife then offering him a chance to go back, then leading him away again once his business is resolved.

    • Good point regarding comics/Chris Nolan etc. I always thought the Skull Cowboy was a great idea that looked poorly executed. That kind of merger would be interesting. It’s just this “Godzilla” comment that worries me, gives off a Birdemic vibe!
      I am of course, notoriously bad tempered about remakes/reboots until proved wrong (qv my ire about The Thing reboot, which actually looks like it might be quite good!)

  2. with any luck the Godzilla line was a poor attempt to calm peoples fears, “we don’t mean creature in like a giant monster who breathes atomic fire, we just men he’ll have a character.” E

    Saying that, a giant crow that breathes atomic fire would certainley be a new direction…

  3. I have always been a big fan of the first Crow film, the media surrounding the death of Brandon Lee added a real life morbid element that still resonates today. The less said about the other Crow films the better, some nice touches in City of Angels and Wick Prayer (Notably for David Boreanaz odd performance and a real low for Tara Ried and the late Dennis Hopper) the franchise had run it’s course. So would a reboot be such a bad idea?

    Alex Proyas is a very visual Director, both The Crow and the hugely underrated Dark City look like they could be set in the same city. None of the other crow films shared this style. I too am always concerned of remakes/sequels, sometimes they get it right (Batman Begins, Star Trek, The Thing, Dawn Of The Dead, even the mighty Moff’s Jekyll and forthcoming Tintin and Sherlock Holmes are all updates) and other times they get it wrong (Clash Of The Titans, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween 2, Pink Panther, Italian Job, Alfie, Day Of The Dead, seriously this list could go on for a while).

    Blade was a snappy MTV video razor edited thrill ride, LXG had style but little substance so maybe Norrington can find a middle ground and deliver a version of the Crow that wipes parts 2,3,4 and the TV series from our collective memories.

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