Yet Another Reboot: The Crow

Why do studios feel the need to "reinvent" a film that worked pretty good the first time? The answer: money. Cold hard cash. "If it worked once, it will work again" is the mantra of the studio exec trying to keep his job in a freefalling economy. And to Hell with what the original creator or the millions of fans may think.

With that thought in mind, it's apparently time to piss on the grave of Brandon Lee.

Director Stephen Norrington, who's first film "Blade" was a big success, and who then went on to make the flop "The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen" now thinks it's time to resurrect the James O'Barr gothic, graphic novel "The Crow."

According to Variety, Norrington has signed on with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media to write and direct the remake. The studio is currently negotiating with original "Crow" producer Ed Pressmen for the rights to the franchise.

The 1994 film, directed by Alex Proyas, was the story of up-and-coming rockstar Eric Draven who is murdered trying to rescue his fiance from a gang of thugs. Thanks to the power of a magical bird, Draven returns from the grave a year later, and goes about systematically enacting revenge on his murderers. The film grossed over $100 million and is remembered for the tragic death of Brandon Lee who was killed during filming.

“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington told Variety.

There have been a couple of reincarnations of the Crow franchise in years past. Each one became an increasingly worse carbon copy of the original. The most recent sequel was in 2005 and had "Terminator 2" punk kid Edward Furlong donning the iconic harelequin makeup and leather. The film was so bad that the studio cut the funding and shipped it off straight to DVD obscurity.

What made the original film so surprising was the acting ability by Brandon Lee and the dark, brooding pathos that was visualized on screen. Now, Norrington thinks he can do a better job by scrapping all that and re-inventing the story altogether.

I'm not holding my breath on this one.


mojo said...

as a DIEHARD fan of the original comic and film i am irritated by this. not irritated with the idea of another crow movie, so much, or with the idea of rebooting and recreating the original. what irritates me is the idea of taking away the gothic feel and, my god, a documentary? i mean, holy lord, it's like someone sat down and thought 'what would be the absolute worst thing i could conceivably do with the franchise? ah, that's it! i'll take away the feel of not only the original film, but the comic it came from as well, and replace it with a huge pile of shit!' seriously, guys. no.
what would have been wrong with just retelling the story and making it closer to the original vision, the comic? there was so much untapped potential there. yeesh.

The Judge said...

I too was a fan of the book and the original film, although I would have loved to have seen it with a bigger budget, just so that it didnt look like it was shot on Universal's backlot.

I'm equally concerned by this and fear that this will only stray even further from O'barr's original story.

But we are fans. What do we know about anything, right?

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