New Crow hopes to be Phoenix for Norrington

We reported last year that Relativity Media acquired the rights to "the Crow" franchise and director Stephen Norrington was tapped to helm the project. Now there is word that a script has been written and the studio likes what they see.

Norrington made a name for himself with "Blade," but then crashed and burned trying to make "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" a good movie back in 2003. He hasn't directed since. He was originally scheduled to direct "Ghost Rider" in 2007, but Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to the production early on and Norrington was replaced. (dodged a bullet, perhaps?). He was also tapped to direct the upcoming reboot of "Clash of the Titans" but subsequently left (fired) from the project when he was unable to excite Warner Bros. with his vision for the film.

So after a five year sabbatical, Norrington thinks he's ready to get back in the saddle again. My guess is that he's hoping this resurrection of the James O'Barr graphic novel comic book will boost both his career and the story's franchise to new levels of profitability.

And according to the guys at, "A source close to the production" says that the script has been very well received by the execs at Relativity.

Last year, Norrington told Variety that the new film would not be a remake of the original 1994 story done by Alex Proyas, and would instead reboot the character with a completely different look. "realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington said.

The Crow series started out strong. The first film became a cult classic - due in no small part to the untimely death of its up-and-coming star, Brandon Lee. But further attempts to tell the story grew increasingly bad -culminating into a festering mess that gave us Eddie Furlong wearing the harlequin makeup and dooming the franchise to haunt the direct to DVD bin.

With that thought in mind, literally ANYTHING Norrington does with this reboot is better than where the franchise has already been. He's got nowhere to go but up.

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