It’s been a while since any news has surfaced about writer/director Stephen Norrington’s remake (or reimagining, whatever you want to call it) of The Crow, the 1989 comic book by James O’Barr that was adapted into a 1994 movie. The film would tragically prove to be the final project for Brandon Lee, after a malfunctioning prop gun mortally wounded the actor.
The Crow, for those of you who either are not a make-up wearing goth kid or just don’t remember director Alex Proyas’ original film, was about a rock musician who returned from the grave as an avenging spirit to punish those who murdered himself and his fiancé.
Different iterations of the character would go on to appear in three sequels and a television series.
Now, Edward Pressman, producer of the proposed Crow reboot, tells MTV that Norrington has finished the script for the remake and that an offer has gone out to a major actor for the lead role.
According to Pressman, the setting for the new film will be somewhere in the southwest region of the United States.
“The setting is the southwest — the Mexico/Arizona area — and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that,” he said. “There are two locations that the film is set. Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern America, and then back.”
Pressman then goes on to say some weird stuff about the film’s Crow, a bird that had previously been an enigmatic sidekick/spiritual medium to the film’s hero. Pressman claimed the bird would be a larger, more active part of the new story — even bringing up a Godzilla comparison.
The Buzz: All this talk about the film’s bird having personality and character makes me slightly worried that he will be given a voice. Could it possibly be by someone like Chris Tucker or George Lopez?
I, of course, am being facetious. Despite Norrington’s dismal work on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the writer/director has shown he has talent and I trust his judgment. I hope.
I do like the idea of setting it in the southwest region and I hope the new Crow will be played by a Latino actor — if only because growing up in the southern part of Texas, I am familiar with how much Hispanic gangbangers love the type of white and black clown makeup that has marked The Crow’s appearance since his very beginning.
Maybe the film will even get a soundtrack by the Insane Clown Posse. That would, indeed, be a “miracle.”
Robert Saucedo is an avid movie watcher with seriously poor sleeping habits. The Mikey from Life cereal of film fans, Robert will watch just about anything — good, bad or ugly. He has written about film for newspapers, radio and online for the last 10 years. This has taken a toll on his sanity — of that you can be sure. Follow him on Twitter at @robsaucedo2500.
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