Does Stephen Norrington know something that we don’t? The director was attached to helm the remake of the 1994 comic based film The Crow, but according to several reports, he’s dropped out. Maybe he also has a problem with Mark Wahlberg being offered the lead role of Eric Draven in the film, we know we do. Find out what happened…
Over at Comic2Film, they asked Norrington for a comment regarding the Wahlberg offer and he replied with, “I don’t know about that story but I can tell you I’m no longer involved with The Crow.” That was the first time that any of us had heard such news. He’d been attached to the film since late 2008 and we assumed that was still the case.
He went on to reveal that an actor had gotten on board with the project prior to the Wahlberg announcement, and they really wanted to do the film. But they didn’t like the script and asked for a complete revamp of the story.
“As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth,” Norrington tells us. “I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.”
He went on to say that Wahlberg could be a good investment for the studio if they work him right. “I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach,” Norrington commented on the rumor. “He’s a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff.”
So who will direct The Crow now? We have no idea but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s announced.
What do you think of Norrington leaving The Crow? Who should take his place?