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Stephen Norrington gives an update for The Crow re-imagining

02.19.2010

It's been a bit since any recent news came through on THE CROW re-imagining that's being helmed and penned by Stephen Norrington (BLADE).

In an exclusive with Mania, Norrington gives somewhat of an update on the film, "The producer and visual effects people are crunching numbers. We've opened discussions with major cast but nothing is final yet." The director said that he hopes to film this summer, but nothing is certain. He also stated that CROW will most likely start filming before LOST PATROL.

Why do I even bother calling it a re-imagining? Norrington has made it clear that his film will not be a reboot of Alex Proyas' film from '94. The new CROW will have a different take on the story that focuses on a new set of characters.

How does this sound to everyone? I know that this film has die hard fans, such as myself, but it's hard to automatically go, "This shit sucks!", with it being this early in development. Well, I guess we're just going to have to wait and see.

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9:37PM on 02/19/2010

I got no problem...

I fucking LOVE the original. I love Brandon's performance and yeah his death is a shadow on the film but I think it's a great story and it's just a great group of performances and it was a great influence on a lot of films that would follow.
If Norrington is going to give a different take. Why not?
It doesn't affect my opinion on the original film.
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I want my blu ray copy of The Crow.
I fucking LOVE the original. I love Brandon's performance and yeah his death is a shadow on the film but I think it's a great story and it's just a great group of performances and it was a great influence on a lot of films that would follow.
If Norrington is going to give a different take. Why not?
It doesn't affect my opinion on the original film.
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I want my blu ray copy of The Crow.
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10:36PM on 02/19/2010
I think the sequel Crow films failed because they tried to do the same thing as the original. Trying to do something completely differnet is the best way to go.
I think the sequel Crow films failed because they tried to do the same thing as the original. Trying to do something completely differnet is the best way to go.
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12:23AM on 02/20/2010
I feel the only way for this to succeed is if they follow the graphic novel
I feel the only way for this to succeed is if they follow the graphic novel
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10:39PM on 02/19/2010
However they take this... i really hope they bring back Michael Wincott... he is one of my all time favorite villain actors (and a great actor all around, he was great in What Just Happened?) that voice is fuckin menacing! And he is such an underused actor!
However they take this... i really hope they bring back Michael Wincott... he is one of my all time favorite villain actors (and a great actor all around, he was great in What Just Happened?) that voice is fuckin menacing! And he is such an underused actor!
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4:25AM on 02/21/2010
The first movie was very cool, but it really isn't flawless, particularly in the third act it always seems to unravel a fair amount for me.

Norrington is a mediocre director who made an awesome Blade film, which was slightly bettered by the sequel. The Crow sequels were all terrible because they were written and directed terribly. At worst this reboot will be mediocre which means at the very least it's better than the rest of 'em.

Brandon Lee's untimely death also makes it one of those
The first movie was very cool, but it really isn't flawless, particularly in the third act it always seems to unravel a fair amount for me.

Norrington is a mediocre director who made an awesome Blade film, which was slightly bettered by the sequel. The Crow sequels were all terrible because they were written and directed terribly. At worst this reboot will be mediocre which means at the very least it's better than the rest of 'em.

Brandon Lee's untimely death also makes it one of those difficult roles to recast because so much of the Crow's legend comes from his death.
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2:09AM on 02/20/2010
I LOVE The Crow. LOVE It. I've seen it a billion times on TV, VHS, and DVD, and I was a humongous fan of Brandon Lee.

I'm convinced the series is cursed (dramatic, right?) because the sequels have just flat out sucked. It's cursed... by Hollywood! Because they keep just trying to repeat the magic from the original rather than just adding new spins on the concept.

I have no faith that this will be watchable because Lee just made the character and image his own, so it's almost impossible to
I LOVE The Crow. LOVE It. I've seen it a billion times on TV, VHS, and DVD, and I was a humongous fan of Brandon Lee.

I'm convinced the series is cursed (dramatic, right?) because the sequels have just flat out sucked. It's cursed... by Hollywood! Because they keep just trying to repeat the magic from the original rather than just adding new spins on the concept.

I have no faith that this will be watchable because Lee just made the character and image his own, so it's almost impossible to find an actor or actress who will equal him.
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10:40PM on 02/19/2010

every crow sequel sucked

And was a re imagining who cares if they do it again.
And was a re imagining who cares if they do it again.
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11:11AM on 02/22/2010

I'll give it a MAYBE...

If Norrington repeats the good job he did on Blade... if the lead cast involves someone like Ben Foster and it doesn't go the 3D way.. then maybe it will be interesting..

So far I'll give it a MAYBE..
If Norrington repeats the good job he did on Blade... if the lead cast involves someone like Ben Foster and it doesn't go the 3D way.. then maybe it will be interesting..

So far I'll give it a MAYBE..
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11:13AM on 02/22/2010
Oh.. and the soundtrack should be a key element!
Oh.. and the soundtrack should be a key element!
9:53AM on 02/22/2010

Needs reboot for sure

I "loved" the original, too. Until I read the original work and read about the passion the author put behind it. I may also get a lot of thumbs down and will sob like a little girl after I do, I assure you. But, Lee's interpretation was a notch above bad. Eric Draven didn't clock in 8,760 hours in death replaying the images of his raped and murdered girlfriend to deliver a bunch of cool lines to impress anybody. Eric Draven came back almost insane from his year-long rage. The whole hype behind
I "loved" the original, too. Until I read the original work and read about the passion the author put behind it. I may also get a lot of thumbs down and will sob like a little girl after I do, I assure you. But, Lee's interpretation was a notch above bad. Eric Draven didn't clock in 8,760 hours in death replaying the images of his raped and murdered girlfriend to deliver a bunch of cool lines to impress anybody. Eric Draven came back almost insane from his year-long rage. The whole hype behind this movie was similar to the Dark Knight / Heath Ledger effect. Only the movie was no Dark Knight, and the performance was unlike Heath Ledger's.

Hell, even the final scene should have played out a lot less like Daredevil and a LOT more like The Bride vs. The Crazy 88 (in both violence and gore).
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3:47AM on 02/20/2010
This only worries me when you size Norrington up against the original Crow's director, Alex Proyas, who I think is pretty nifty about all the time (save for the shit sandwich that was "I, Robot"). Of course, Norrington did the excellent first Blade film so maybe this has a chance. Still think the original Crow is magic, however.
This only worries me when you size Norrington up against the original Crow's director, Alex Proyas, who I think is pretty nifty about all the time (save for the shit sandwich that was "I, Robot"). Of course, Norrington did the excellent first Blade film so maybe this has a chance. Still think the original Crow is magic, however.
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8:51PM on 02/20/2010

Forget it

Really, the first Crow is spectacular and whenever a sequel/tv series happened, they were weak.
Really, the first Crow is spectacular and whenever a sequel/tv series happened, they were weak.
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6:23PM on 02/20/2010

Loved the original film...

... but it was a very loose interpretation of the Graphic Novel source material. You could do a very faithful telling of the original story by J. O'Barr, and it would be more violent, fresh, and not resemble the original film very much, especially the "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" ending.
... but it was a very loose interpretation of the Graphic Novel source material. You could do a very faithful telling of the original story by J. O'Barr, and it would be more violent, fresh, and not resemble the original film very much, especially the "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" ending.
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4:26PM on 02/20/2010
I'll give it a chance. There's more to be mined from this mythology when done correctly.
I'll give it a chance. There's more to be mined from this mythology when done correctly.
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2:58PM on 02/22/2010

Leave it Alone!

Very few films fall into the Leave it Alone category for me, but The Crow Should def. be left alone. The original is a very rare film because it became so much more touching and romantic when they completed it after Lee's tragic death. I gave City of Angels a chance, but it was just a travesty. The graphic novel is actually way too dark and violent to make a commercial film without the vision of an exceptional director and I don't think Norrington fits the bill. Leave it alone Hollywood!
Very few films fall into the Leave it Alone category for me, but The Crow Should def. be left alone. The original is a very rare film because it became so much more touching and romantic when they completed it after Lee's tragic death. I gave City of Angels a chance, but it was just a travesty. The graphic novel is actually way too dark and violent to make a commercial film without the vision of an exceptional director and I don't think Norrington fits the bill. Leave it alone Hollywood!
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1:14PM on 02/20/2010
Stop complaining. You'll all see it anyways. When they announced the Wall Street sequel, everybody went 'no hell no' and 'blah blah blah'. Now you get 36 thumbs down for saying that its unnecessary. So like I said. You'll see this.
Stop complaining. You'll all see it anyways. When they announced the Wall Street sequel, everybody went 'no hell no' and 'blah blah blah'. Now you get 36 thumbs down for saying that its unnecessary. So like I said. You'll see this.
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8:00AM on 02/21/2010
I never said I wasn't going to watch it. I just said that I have no faith that it will be watchable.
I never said I wasn't going to watch it. I just said that I have no faith that it will be watchable.
12:22PM on 02/20/2010
NO! FUCK! NO!
NO! FUCK! NO!
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9:40PM on 02/20/2010

Dang it

Yea I'm going to watch it , just hope it's not going to be a straight to DVD style movie . It is going to be very difficult to find the lead character though . Brandon Lee just seems irreplaceable
Yea I'm going to watch it , just hope it's not going to be a straight to DVD style movie . It is going to be very difficult to find the lead character though . Brandon Lee just seems irreplaceable
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11:02PM on 02/19/2010
Sorry, I have to thumb this down. I've refused to watch any of the sequels and I hate the poseurs who get CROW tats and dress up at Halloween. They should have left the movie alone out of respect for Lee, as well as all of the rest of the cast who were negatively affected by the accidental death. I know Hollywood has no heart, but still...
Sorry, I have to thumb this down. I've refused to watch any of the sequels and I hate the poseurs who get CROW tats and dress up at Halloween. They should have left the movie alone out of respect for Lee, as well as all of the rest of the cast who were negatively affected by the accidental death. I know Hollywood has no heart, but still...
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1:17AM on 02/20/2010
Thats right... friends don't let friends wear crow make up
Thats right... friends don't let friends wear crow make up
1:29AM on 02/20/2010
I dressed up like the Crow on Halloween, but I LOVED the original movie (and Lee's performance), that's why. The sequels blew.
I dressed up like the Crow on Halloween, but I LOVED the original movie (and Lee's performance), that's why. The sequels blew.
10:06AM on 02/20/2010
Wait... you hate people dressing like the Crow on Halloween? The day that you are supposed to dress up as something. I thought I was crusty and cynical - but you take the cake. It sounds like other people's enthusiasm for the franchise makes you insecure about your own feelings for the film. And at what point would it not be insensitive to do another Crow movie? 10 years, 20 - 100? I think you are taking this a little too personal. Maybe its because I thought the movie was cheesy - but I
Wait... you hate people dressing like the Crow on Halloween? The day that you are supposed to dress up as something. I thought I was crusty and cynical - but you take the cake. It sounds like other people's enthusiasm for the franchise makes you insecure about your own feelings for the film. And at what point would it not be insensitive to do another Crow movie? 10 years, 20 - 100? I think you are taking this a little too personal. Maybe its because I thought the movie was cheesy - but I really couldn't care less if they try and do something new/better with it.
10:16AM on 02/20/2010
I have a Crow tat - have dressed up as the Crow for HWeen many o times - am no poseur.
I have a Crow tat - have dressed up as the Crow for HWeen many o times - am no poseur.
7:37PM on 02/20/2010
Dress up as the Crow every Tuesday for 2 years... then you'll earn some street cred.
Dress up as the Crow every Tuesday for 2 years... then you'll earn some street cred.
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