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
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.