Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a "reinvention" of the James O'Barr comic, The Crow. Most remember the 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee as the resurrected dark hero who avenges his and his fiancee's murders. (Tragically, Lee was killed during filming.) Others are still trying to forget the three sequels that plagued their screens like the cinematic equivalent of bird flu. What would possess Norrington to tackle a movie that needs a reimagining like a crow needs a second cloaca? He says he wants to make the story "realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." This will differ, he says, from the first movie's stylized, gothic tone.
Norrington made a splash as a director with 1998's Blade. He followed this up a few years later with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was apparently so bad he had to quit directing for a while. Seriously, that's not just empty snark. He says he was "demoralized" by the movie and chose to focus instead on his art. Until now.
So, how about it? Are your feathers ruffled at the thought of a docu-styled take on a a haunting modern-day fairytale? Does the the original movie need to be mystically resurrected so it can seek vengeance against this new one?