After being attached to the remake of “The Crow” for what seems like a couple of years now, director Stephen Norrington has said goodbye to the project. Yup, it’s true: Stephen Norrington has flown “The Crow” remake coop, if you will.
I don’t know about that story but I can tell you I’m no longer involved with The Crow.
Whoa. Did he just say that he was “no longer involved” with the remake? It would appear so. He goes on:
As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth. I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.
So why did Norrington just ditch something he had ben working on for the last few years? The culprit, it turns out, was an “unnamed star” who had gotten attached to the project a few months ago (we heard about this unnamed person back in June). According to Norrington, this “star” didn’t care very much for the script that Norrington had been hacking away at with singer-songwriter Nick Cave, and has asked for a complete rewrite. The request was the last straw for Norrington.
And for those wondering, the “star” was probably not Mark Wahlberg, whose name just recently got attached to the project earlier this week. Norrington sorta/kinda confirms it wasn’t Wahlberg with this statement:
I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach. He’s a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff.
So now “The Crow” is looking for a new director, and possibly a new star. Hell, they should just bury the whole thing and never speak of this again.
Meanwhile, Norrington has moved on to “The Lost Patrol”, which honestly, sounds a hell of a lot more promising than remaking a classic like “The Crow”. What the hell were they thinking…? Oh right. Cheap cash grab. Nevermind.
Below, Eric Draven celebrates the potential passing of this abomination: