Variety reports that director Stephen Norrington – who has been missing in action since LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN tanked a few years ago – has signed on to write and direct a “reinvention” of THE CROW. That 1994 film, directed by Alex Proyas and based on the graphic novel by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the dead to avenge the wrongful death of himself and his lover, was a big worldwide hit after the tragic death of star Brandon Lee on the set. Subsequent attempts by Ed Pressman Productions to spin it into a franchise faded after a couple of lackluster sequels.
Norrington had a relationship with Pressman when they came close to making “Mutant Chronicles” several years ago. Both embraced Norrington’s vision of the antihero, which Norrington said will be different than the film Proyas made.
“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington told Daily Variety.