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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.

(From ComingSoon.net)


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, The Crow... why would anyone want to remake that? Unless they're doing a different take on the comic, and then it's not a movie remake (rather like the current Punisher movie isn't a remake of the older Punisher movies).

There's a place in my heart for the old movie. It was my first exposure to My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult believe it or not.
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
i remember that film coming out and the amazing soundtrack - why do people wanna remake everything - i do seem to rememeber that film being cursed also ! (or maybe thats just the goth in me)
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not jumping for joy at this news, but I'll reserve final judgement 'till I see more about this than a bit of text :)
Dec. 17th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Remakes are almost always a bad idea... unless they're not. But definitely guilty until proved innocent, especially when they seem to be mining films that are more and more recent. There really isn't much in The Crow that could be done better, unless it was made closer to the source material, which Norrington's version doesn't sound like it will be doing.
Dec. 17th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hey, I've got an idea! Let's dig up Brandon Lee's corpse and go through the pockets for loose change!
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
.....*sigh* only a nickel.....

But seriously, I agree that it seems a bit odd to be remaking this one.
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
How sad is that! The Crow is definitely part of my coming of age.
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Argh. No.

Dec. 17th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I thought the Crow was shit. Apart from one Cure song I really didn't like it. But looking back now I feel warmer towards it. And, I realise it was still important for a lot of people, even though it wasn't a particularly good film.
Dec. 17th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Listen...you can already hear the sucking sound of this film.
Dec. 18th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Just say no.
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
I'll never watch this remake piece of crap. Out of my own tribute to Brandon, I never even watched any of the other shitty Crow sequels.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
That sounds awful. There are also mutterings of a Highlander remake. I really don't want either to happen.
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
...there should be only one?

LOL Highlanander "I can haz only one?"
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
I suspect this is a case of the sequals all be so awful that now they think the best way to keep catching in is to remake the original. I would expect this to be truly awful, and quickly make its way to the bargain bucket DVD bin.
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
I have only one word to say about the idea of a Crow remake.


Please place this response on an infinite cycle.
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like 'lets do it again without all that goth rubbish'.
While The Crow wasn't actually a good film in good film terms it was a fabulous movie. Best long rock video I've ever seen (unless you include 'The Matrix')
The sequels are awful (I have them all) Crow 3 wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, but Crow 4 was abysmal)

It might work, given Battlestar Galactica was so well done not every 'reimagining' is automatically awful. It also seems the more the fans protest the better the result is as well. But for every Dr Who and Battlestar there is a Flash Gordon not far behind.

I'll reserve judgement until is comes out, but the signs are not good and there is certainly no need to remake it. There are surely hundreds of good original film scripts out there that might become great films, why rehash whats already been done well.
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