December 17th, 2008

Angus Glastonbury

Gaming Journals and New Friends...

I woke up this morning to several new friends requests (hello new friends!)  - from people all involved in gaming - and wondered what had happened.

I usually get a couple of requests every two weeks or so but to get several on the same day was rather strange - especially as I'd not just been to a convention and met a bunch of people or made an announcement about new Cubicle 7 projects or events which might have led anyone here - nor have I, to my knowledge, made any vaguely controversial or inflammatory posts on any forum or mailing lists.

I have since discovered that I made philreed 's "Ten LiveJournal Users You Should Follow..." list - which I'm pretty gobsmacked about. Looking at the rest of the list I'm not quite sure how I managed to squeeze myself onto that! If you are a gamer I'd certainly mirror Phil's comments about the LJ's he mentions (and if you're seeing this then you're reading mine anyway so there's no point trying to warn you away from it!). I've met quite a few of the people Phil mentions and it's safe to say that many of them I consider friends outside of gaming who'd I'd see if we all lived closer even if we didn't have gaming in common. Certainly they all have a great take on the gaming industry and are people I consider very knowledgable (even if I don't always 100% agree with them).

Old Friend

Went out to buy new boots... came home with an iPhone

Yeah. Er... not quite sure what happened there but I didn't get any boots (the shop was out of my size) but I, er, have got a new phone... and after seeing James and Chris' gadgets it seems I'm no longer a Sony Ericsson boy but have joined the iPhone Generation.

The phone itself was free as I was already an o2 customer and overdue for an upgrade. The tariff works out £5 more a month than I was paying before too (and with more minutes and a lot more free gadgets and wi-fi, etc) so well worth the move.

Downside is that my old phone is currently inactive and new phone won't be active for a few hours due to SIM transfer and charging the thing up. So I'm out of contact for the rest of the afternoon - if you need me email me or leave comments on LJ or Facebook.

I'm also currently setting up my old Ericsson so I can transfer the few pcitures on it that I don't want to lose.
Manga Me

The Crow - Remake...

Ok, 50'6, 60's and 70's film remakes I can understand to a certain extent. 80's remakes sometimes can have a point I guess but when people start remaking films that only came out in the 1990's then that's when I start feeling REALLY OLD and wondering WHY???? (Apart from the gleam of the big movie buck).

Now I was an absolutely massive fan of The Crow movie and saw it a fair bit at the cinema when it was released and on video after that. The soundtrack was fantastic from Nine Inch Nails cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" to The Cure's "Burn" and beyond. I think it was also my first exposure to Machines of Loving Grace but not entirely sure...

The film had style and was based upon a great comic series. The fact that Brandon Lee died whilst filming on set gave the finished product even more sentiment and cult status.

To remake the film - and by the sound of things change the style/emphasis of the film - does clash against a certain part of me. Admittedly having rewatched the film a few years ago (and been vastly disappointed by it - I guess my feelings on what makes a good film may have changes over the last 14 years) I can see ways in which the film can be improved - but it is still part of background and heritage growing up and had a major impact on me at the time and for the several years that followed.

(Plus my concept for Crow 2 - which was published in part as a Wraith/Kult adventure back in Valkyrie magazine in early 95 - was a far better idea than any of the Crow sequels that came out... :p)

Anyway, here's the current word on The Crow remake.


Stephen Norrington to Reinvent The Crow
Source: Variety
December 15, 2008

Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of The Crow, based on the comic created by James O'Barr, says Variety.

Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media is negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise and finance the film.

Pressman produced the 1994 Alex Proyas-directed adaptation, in which rock musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance.

For Norrington, The Crow deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with Blade, Norrington took on a big-budget comic transfer with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Neither the director nor his star, Sean Connery, has made a feature film since.

"Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," Norrington said.