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The Crow To Fly Again
LXG's Norrington to write, direct

15 December 2008  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: Variety

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Now before we collectively huff in discontent at the bitter fate of a loved franchise, let's cut Stephen Norrington just a little bit of slack. Since the Victorian dangleberry that was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he has been hanging his head in shame - having not made a single film since. So we should give him a chance to redeem himself. After all, he did bring us Blade...

Norrington has been picked to write and direct a fresh take on The Crow, first adapted for screen by Alex Proyas in 1994. Although it may be difficult to rival the gloriously gothic and stylized world of the rock musician who returns from the dead to avenge his girlfriend's death that the Dark City director conjoured nearly 15 years ago, Norrington promises his take will be "almost documentary-style."

Taking influence from James O'Barr's original comic-book material, Norrington will have to engage the same sense of anger and bereavement which infused the O'Barr's work (who lost his teen sweetheart in a tragic drink-driving incident and used his work to cope); and indeed the first film. Whilst making The Crow, star Brandon Lee was hit by one of the blanks in a shoot-out scene, killing him just days before he was due to marry his fiancee and finish the film.

Although Vincent Perez stepped in as a different version of the hero for follow up, The Crow: City Of Angels, he never managed to live up to the legend of Lee in fans' minds - and the character will be just as difficult to cast now. So, who would you have as The Crow?

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I'm curious to see how this movie will come out. I am a huge fan of both The Crow and Brandon Lee, no matter what remake is made we true fans know which film will be in our hearts. Heath Ledger wouldnt have been a bad choice for the main role but the chances of that are as likely of brandon lee reprising the role. Perhaps Ben Foster or Johhny Depp should take on the challenge. None could match up to Brandon tho vincent didnt and im sure no one ever will. R.I.P Brandon Lee More

Posted by Axel93able at 02:56 on 28 December 2009 | Report This Post

The Crow shall fly again?
Iam sorry but take your hands off. Everything after the first is painful to watch. I know the comics and i have seen few of the other movies. Please do not kill Brandon lees heritage to the Film world . And Mr. Norington try something new hand off remakes. Let it rain blood or the hell freeze whatever you do take your hands off the Best comic Adaption ever made. cheers Wolf More

Posted by akimatao at 17:38 on 09 October 2009 | Report This Post

L: JoeyPottr Why? Vincent Perez couldn't do it, and other guys who played Eric Draven couldn't do it either, andon Lee is The Crow] Arial"] Absolutely. THE CROW - pure classic. soooooo many awesome memories of 1994 and this film. Go Away Norrington, you has-been. Sean Connery hates you. r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 10:51 on 22 August 2009 | Report This Post

Why? Vincent Perez couldn't do it, and other guys who played Eric Draven couldn't do it either, only Brandon Lee is The Crow, Hollywood really needs new ideas if they're remaking 90's and 80's movies (as mentioned before) now. Plus The Crow has that whole hallowed thing that goes with it with the passing of its star Brandon Lee while filming. I really loved the original, my favorite is the effects of the crow (raven actually because they are very intelligent, crows not so much) Ernie Hudson was More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 03:55 on 22 August 2009 | Report This Post

This guy is a cunt and does not deserve to even touch The Crow movie. Blade sucked ass and he has no right to come in an remake a movie that is already awesome. This movie was perfect and yes it is a slap to the face of Brandon Lee. I'm sure that this director will not be truthful to what the graphic novel is really about. The first movie was. It kept the same essence of what the graphic novel is. Its sad how Hollywood and its "film makers" can't come up with their own ideas and have More

Posted by sini69 at 07:53 on 21 August 2009 | Report This Post

JOHNNY DEPP would be perfect for the role
JOHNNY DEPP would be perfect for the role, or some another of INFP psychological type. More

Posted by Alrow at 10:46 on 23 March 2009 | Report This Post

Great Idea to Film The CROW !!!!!
I'm all up for the new movie. I've been following every sequel and I think Wicked Prayer. The new will be strong sensation for the viewver. Great Idea !!! Thank you so much !!!! Just make it sensual. Me and my friends just love The Crow !!! More

Posted by Alrow at 10:21 on 23 March 2009 | Report This Post

As im sure everyone else here does too i loved THE CROW movie and WICKED PRAYER, but im still not sure about a re-make and as others have sayed it would be a slap to the memory of Lee and ive heard that the first one was a bot patchy in places but what do you want to do dig up lee and fix it. I think it would be far better just to make a fifth. And animated what the hell is wrong with you animated is only good on a few things and i cant even name them. Although if you can find someone who can fo More

Posted by Cripple_219660 at 16:40 on 01 March 2009 | Report This Post

Mr. Norrington do you not realize that Brandon Lee died while making The Crow. The movie is dedicated to "Brandon and Eliza" for that reason. Do you not have any shred of ethics or morals? Are you going to disrespect Brandon's memory and his legacy all in the name of GREED? Mr. Edward Pressman, you met Brandon Lee and you know that he made the ultimate sacrifice making The Crow. How will you sleep at night knowing that you remade Brandon's movie, The Crow? Yes, it is Brandon's movie. T More

Posted by Angel Lee at 17:39 on 11 January 2009 | Report This Post

Well now, this is interesting. A NEW take on The Crow? First and foremost, before they do anything, they HAVE TO make sure the music is outstanding. Secondly - who to cast? Apart from Heath Ledger, I'm pretty sure no one currently known in Hollywood can carry off Draven's turmoil and do it justice. Definitely not whatsisface, Jake Gyllenhaal or James McAvoy. More

Posted by LizUK at 17:44 on 18 December 2008 | Report This Post

...i mean jebus!!!!
For god sake cant the film people think of their own ideas!!!! I mean come on...its bad enough that theres going to be a Donnie Darko sequel and a pre quel to I am legend. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN IDEAS AND STOP RIPPING OFF EVERYONE ELES!!!!! More

Posted by nightshade42 at 11:58 on 17 December 2008 | Report This Post

...i mean jebus!!!!
For god sake cant the film people think of their own ideas!!!! I mean come on...its bad enough that theres going to be a Donnie Darko sequel and a pre quel to I am legend. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN IDEAS AND STOP RIPPING OFF EVERYONE ELES!!!!! More

Posted by nightshade42 at 11:55 on 17 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I'm a big Crow fan but...
Why not over-react to the idea of a remake? It's just kinda wrong, irrelevant and disrespectful.   Flaws? How do you mean flaws? Are you talking about the 'over romanticising of the concept'? I'd have thought that was the whole point of that particular film, in the words of the late, great Eric Draven "Nothing is trivial"......the whole point of the film, thus the concept is for it to be an over-romantic storyline, it not only aknowledges the feeling of lost love (anger, sorrow) but in More

Posted by Valdor6 at 20:10 on 16 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I'm with Knight of Fury
reckon Hugh Jackman would fit the bill a treat hahahahhaah! I am soooo joking!   Na but I really like the idea of doing an animated one, it might put quite an interesting angle on it all.   City Of Angels was pretty good yeah, I'd agree with that, it maintained that gritty, noir(ish) feel and actually made me quite emotional lol...oh and the Deftones were in it! lol   I think animation/CGI is a way for this 'franchise' tho.   But at a push....maybe More

Posted by Valdor6 at 19:54 on 16 December 2008 | Report This Post

L: shakeyjakey did the report actually say a remake? Nope, pretty sure it says a new take, fingers crossed that is the case as I'm bored to hell with remakes sp; Semantics. 'A fresh take' on existing material is a remake, whatever else you try to call it. Anyway, let's accentuate the positive: Stephen Norrington is out of retirement. Let's hope it's closer to Blade than LXG... More

Posted by MadMatt at 15:58 on 16 December 2008 | Report This Post

did the report actually say a remake? Nope, pretty sure it says a new take, fingers crossed that is the case as I'm bored to hell with remakes More

Posted by shakeyjakey at 12:37 on 16 December 2008 | Report This Post

Good To Have Norrington Back, But...
Seriously - we're remaking '90s movies now?! I thought the Romancing The Stone news was far too soon, but this is ridiculous. I bet in a few years time it will be perfectly routine for big films to be remade within a decade of their original release. It's just getting silly now. We need NEW films! Something has to be done to stem the constant flow of remakes, reboots and reimaginings... More

Posted by MadMatt at 00:54 on 16 December 2008 | Report This Post

I'm a big Crow fan but...
I love the movie and love the comic but lets not over react to a remake. Remember the original had a lot of flaws (yes I know Lee died and oh so sad but the movie was patchy in places) and I do think we tend to over romanticise the concept. I believe that if someone remade the movie but actually kept to the original source material then we could easily have a much better movie. Also adding more Joy Division songs (after all, Barr did try to name many of the chapters after songs by the ban More

Posted by PAnderson at 22:46 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Impossible to do a's going to be a disaster for sure... More

Posted by wladicito at 22:35 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

I'm with Knight of Fury
City of Angels was a much better movie than every one made out. Perez and Kirshner were great, Iggy - fantastic (do you think I'm fucking afraid?). Directed by Pope (I'm also a huge Cure fan and love everything Pope has done - yes even 'I want to be a tree'). As for the new Crow how about Jack Huston? More

Posted by PAnderson at 22:34 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

By the way..
do hope the Ledger thing doesn't offend, I honestly think he'd have been the best choice, but given that that's not really possible, I'd quite like to see an animated film, with a very original design concept. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 21:34 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

I know!
Heath Ledger. Oh no wait....shit. Seriously though folks, I'd prefer an unknown, yet talented (i.e. not just pretty) actor. And am I the only one that quite liked perez in city of angels? Come on people, it's got Ian Dury in it for christsakes. What's not to love? More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 21:33 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

I really love the original and that love has not been tarnished by the terrible sequels and oh-so-dreadful TV series so a chance to see a possibly decent new Crow outing has my vote.If it sucks we'll still have Proyas' and Lee's version and if it's good, then cool. As for who? How about Russell Brand? (I'm kidding! I'm kidding!) More

Posted by Gabriel at 19:44 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

not jhonny depp
in every bit of news where there is casting to be done every 1 shouts for jhonny depp.... granted he is a good actor but you cant have the man in every film out there...... why not vin diesel....... no? More

Posted by the flick at 18:55 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

not sure if we need another crow ?
hi cant say that im that interested in another crow movie but stephen norrington is a good director so we will have to see if this ever gets made with norrington at the helm. also i was best mates with stephen norrington at school my real name is stephen moore and me and my brother peter a a few other friends used to hang around together.stephen had a great skill in make up even when we were at school i remember him making a life size alien in his bedroom then he went on to do make up for alie More

Posted by fatdragon at 18:30 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

How bloody disrespectful!
The idea of remaking this film is not a good idea. Why? It's disrespectful, in my eyes, not only to the memory of an absolutely monumental performance by Brandon Lee, but also to a film that embodied the idea/style of Noir in more recent times, so perfectly and honestly. Onto the 'thing' of Norrington, well we all know how flawed (read as: utterly shit) LXG was, and in the same light, I appreciate that it must've been hard for him to work with such a 1-dimensional 'actor' such as Connery, but More

Posted by Valdor6 at 18:11 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Agree that Depp would be awesome. He seems to be saying yes a lot lately so who knows? More

Posted by tdw2782 at 18:07 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

i thinks
the first installment of this is the only one worth watchin and to take a new look at it is the way to go i reckon start fresh, and get a nobody to be the star that way no one will have pre conceptions as to what he should be like, you can draw the crowds for the film and not the name of the actor there much crap created because they overpaid someone famous to take the role More

Posted by SteadyEddie at 17:48 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

He'd never do it but Johnny Depp would be awesome More

Posted by yodaami at 17:00 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

No. More

Posted by christofurr at 16:57 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

dont think i could be any more againist this idea. Bradon Lee was amazing and cannot be beaten in this swansong role. there should only have been the one film anyways and none of these shitty sequels More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 15:37 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The Crow To Fly Again
I bloody love the first movie, I remember it being one of my faves as a lil teenager growing up other one since then did get more and more turdtastic, but I wouldn't say no to a fresh take on the material. And I think Norrington is a good choice and quite an impressive director, yeah LXG was a mess but we all know the whole thing was basically a nightmare from start to finish. Blade is a corker though, one of the better comic-film adaptations in my opinion, and done at a time when they weren't More

Posted by captainrentboy at 15:35 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Meh! Tis a damaged franchise as far as I am concerned. Naturallly I love the original and even like a lot of stuff from the second but every thing after that is a big pile of arse. If Norrington feels he can reinvigerate it, then fair enough. I don't have high hopes though. More

Posted by Big Red at 14:35 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Norrington, You can Do It!
why oh why oh why?   they should just leave the original film as it is instead of remaking it and (most likely) messing it up More

Posted by dr. salvador at 14:19 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Norrington, You can Do It!
ZOMG WTF!!!??!!11111111one More

Posted by UTB at 13:57 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Norrington, You can Do It!
Yes Norrington is a good choice. After the real mess that was the Third and Fourth movies it can't be hard to make a few improvments. The problem with the series has been its producer JEFF MOST. He seemed far to interested in repetition and getting as many cool rock bands on the soundtrack. And FYI empire wrier - Vincent Perez played a completely new character in the second movie, not a NEW VERSION of the firsts. They just happened to look the same LOL! Again, thank you Jeff Most. More

Posted by blindfold at 13:00 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

The Crow was a favorite of mine as a kid and after watching the film I bought the graphic novel, which kind of started my interest in comics. Although the source is much darker, I still think the film stands up as a great gothic love story and, as the article mentions, the tragic and coincidental circumstances that surrounded the movie only add to the mood of the film. To re-make this is not only disrespectful to Lee but also absolutely unnecessary. Read the book, buy the DVD, hell re-release th More

Posted by olliecs at 12:51 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Norrington returns! I thought it was a massive shame that he took his LXG experience so personally. You can tell by watching it that he wasn't allowed to make the movie he wanted. I personally didn't like The Crow. I thought it was cheesey and budget in a Highlander 2 kind of way. If Norrington is left alone to get on with it I would be interested to see the result. And my choice for the lead would be JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS! More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:01 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Norrington is good and a sequel revamp might have been good but remaking such a great original smacks of stupidity to me. More

Posted by Caster at 11:35 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Vincent Gallo
Then you can shoot him (annoying turd) and make the film good. It worked for the first Crow movie. This time he deserves to get shot unlike Brandon Lee. More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:01 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Why? Why? Why?
Is Norrington just a glutton for punishment or what? I don't mind remakes, so long as they're remakes of old classics ala War of the Worlds, but not modern ones. No need. No need whatsoever. More

Posted by GFoley83 at 10:41 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

I love the 1st crow film, and i even have a soft spot for no.3. But 2 and 4 are pretty bad. Who ever thought edward furlong would make a decent crow???   Im not totally against the idea of re-imagining it the ]"almost documentary-style." could be a interesting way to film it?   More

Posted by Frank Castle at 10:37 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

aren't all The Crow films fresh takes?
i mean, each one is about a new Crow. so isn't this just really The Crow 5? More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:33 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Fuck it, i can no longer look at empire online, not when all hollywood has to offer is endless pointless remakes! More

Posted by Rick Mason at 09:49 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Kidding right?
No way, the origional was sublime for so many reasons and the sequel was one of the biggest let downs ever!! The shoot out scene above the rock concert was one of the best ever. The role would have rocketed Lee to super stardom (as deserved), and the one liners were awesome. It was pitched perfectly. I don't mind remakes when they are worth doing,...if the origional was pants or the special effects are massively dated, but when the first one was so good, and the second....without the standout p More

Posted by jameslowe at 09:46 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

Every sequel has been a failure, and the lest said about the dire tv show the better needless to say I dont think this is a great idea More

Posted by Drew_231 at 09:12 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post


Posted by Jo Wareham at 09:09 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

oh fuck right off. I hate Mondays !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:05 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

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