Thank God, Norrington’s THE CROW not a remake!


Fans of The Crow can now breath a collective sigh of relief as is reporting that the Stephen Norrington (Blade) “Crow” project in development is not a remake of the 1994 original, contrary to previous reports. Norrington is writing an original story with all new characters, not based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel.

No story news has surfaced yet and Norrington has only stated:

Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style

With the string of awful sequels and a blasphemously insipid television television series it is safe to say that expectations of fans have long since hit the dirt. So really you could look at this as a no lose situation, either we get yet another shitty film we can all ignore or we finally get a franchise resurrection worthy of the name!

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The Crow by James O'Barr

I believe it’s key to success will be purely a matter of the heart. O’Barr’s original graphic novel is one of the most soul achingly beautiful pieces of work ever committed to the form. Born from the real life loss of the woman he loved to a drunk driver, every page seethes with grief and divine anguish. Then with the stunning, artful direction of Alex Proyas along with the unforgettable final performance of Brandon Lee, it’s film adaptation was imbued with those same haunting qualities. For the the legions of fans it touched it was not just a geeky obsession but a deeply spiritual testament to the theme of true love lost and to our ability to channel our grief into beautiful works of art.

So Mr. Norrington, I hope you are digging deep for this one and not just giving us another shallow “by the numbers” sequel. Make this count and you will earn the deep gratitude and affection of the masses of fans dying to see this series finally treated once again with the reverence it deserves.


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