We’re going to need to create a new file for this one. Let’s file it under: What the fuck? Maybe awesome, definitely insane.
I’ve been lamenting the remake/reboot/what-the-fuck-ever of The Crow for some time now. While it has spawned a legion of horrendous films and an even more horrendous television show, the original Brandon Lee film is still one of my favorite comic book movies of all time. So when it was announced that Stephen Norrington was developing a new film, I was less than enthused, given his less-than-stellar track record (Blade = good. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen = apocalyptically bad).
Now? Now I don’t know what to think.
Because the news broke recently that producer Edward Pressman has brought on a new writer. And that writer is none other than Nick Cave. Yes, Murder Ballads and The Boatman’s Call Nick Cave, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave is unquestionably one of the most remarkable composers and musicians of my generation, and is also a pretty damn prolific writer. He’s worked on several soundtracks, and was once even charged (by Russell Crowe, no less) with writing a sequel to Gladiator, which was from all accounts one of the most balls-out fucking surreal and whackadoo scripts ever committed to paper. Seriously — it involved gods and monsters and themes of deism versus monotheism, time travel, immortality, and ends with Spartacus as a CIA operative. I shit you not. He also wrote the screenplay to John HIllcoat’s 2005 film The Proposition, which, if you haven’t seen it, well, you should.
So what to make of this? I’ll say this about Norrington — he did a surprisingly good job with Blade, which was written by David Goyer (who worked on both Nolan Batman films, as well as Dark City. And a piss-poor job with Gentlemen, which was written by James Robinson (who wrote… um… Cyber Bandits). So perhaps a solid writer is the key to Norrington’s success. If that’s the case, we might have a winner on our hands. Might.
Either way, I’m suddenly fascinated by this project.