According to Variety, original Blade director Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct an updated version of The Crow. Based on the comic book by James O. Barr, a live action Crow adaptation was previously produced in 1994, and starred the late Brandon Lee in the title role.

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 screen transfer, in which rock musician Eric Draven is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance. Though the original became a gothic-style hit that grossed nearly $100 million worldwide, it is primarily remembered for a tragic accident in which star Brandon Lee 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 Daily Variety.

So I take it that they’re totally disregarding the several subpar sequels The Crow has spawned?  The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and who can forget the failed TV series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven? Don’t tell me I’m the only one who remembers that one?