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Psycho Bunny's Weekend Wrap (Pre-Xmas Edition)

21 December 2008 12:56 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Holiday Greetings Fango Fiends! Psycho Bunny here with yet another recap of the past 7 days worth of bloody horror goodness. I'll be returning to the depths of Hell this week to spend the "Holiday" with Dr. Cyclops and some old friends, but what will You be doing? You could start the week off right by catching up on all the latest from Fangoria.com!

If this is your first time through the Weekly Wrap, the details are simple. I've broken down the entire week by category, starting with Features and Exclusives, and moving on to the general news. Let's go...

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The Crow to Fly Again: Drop Goth for Documentary Style

18 December 2008 10:25 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

To me, The Crow was all about the dark imagery, music (my all time favorite movie soundtrack), and the tragic death of Brandon Lee. I don't think one can think of a better time to bring The Crow back than right now. As it turns out, Stephen Norrington must be thinking the same thing. It's the golden era of comic-to-movies. You're just livin' in it. »

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Stephen Norrington to Reinvent "The Crow"

17 December 2008 1:27 PM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of "The Crow", based on the comic created by James O'Barr, says Variety. 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 adaptation, in which rock musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance. For Norrington, "The Crow" deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with Blade, Norrington took on a big-budget comic transfer with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Neither the director nor his star, Sean Connery, has made a feature film »

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Norrington Takes On The Crow

15 December 2008 11:54 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Stephen Norrington, the director of 1998’s “Blade” starring Wesley Snipes and 2003’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, both adaptations of comic books, has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of “The Crow,” based on James O’Barr’s original comic, according to a report from Variety.com. “The Crow” was first adapted for the big screen in 1994, where it was directed by Alex Proyas. Rock musician Eric Draven is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance with immortality and a mysterious crow to guide him. Though the original film is known as a cult and critical hit that [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Stephen Norrington To Resurrect ‘The Crow?’

15 December 2008 5:37 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Stephen Norrington has signed to write and direct a reboot of The Crow. Fans of the original may feel like rioting, because Norrington’s take isn’t a gothic antihero.

Norrington has had a dizzying career for adaptations from the page to the big screen. After his excellent breakthrough of Marvel Comics’ character, Blade, Norrington did a 180 when he took on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and it turned out awful. Sean Connery hasn’t made a film since (he actually turned down a role in The Matrix due to his experience with League), nor has the director. Although he made a deal to direct Clash of the Titans for The WB, he left because he was “unable to excite Warner Bros. with my take, or influence the screenplay to any comfortable extent.”

 

Now that Incredible Hulk director, Louis Leterrier, is moving forward with that project, Norrington has set his eyes on butchering The Crow. »

- Carl Lee

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'The Crow' to Resurrect and Fly Again

15 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Everything old (or at least "old" in the Hot Topic sense) is new again -- and so The Crow is going to be reborn. Variety reports that Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a "reinvention" of The Crow, based on the comic written by James O'Barr.

Norrington is hoping that resurrecting The Crow will do something similar for his career, which has been dead in the water since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. (Tangle with Alan Moore at your peril, directors.) He was once attached to direct Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros, but fell out with the studio over his inability to "excite" the studio with his take. Louis Leterrier got the job instead.

Norrington promises the film will be a different take than Alex Proyas' version -- which, you remember, went down in cult-Goth history for claiming the life of its star, Brandon Lee. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Reviving The Crow

15 December 2008 9:36 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tired of remakes and reinventions? Tired of every damn movie franchise "rebooting" and going "gritty" and "dark" and "real" after the success of The Dark Knight, Casino Royale and the Bourne movies? If so, click "Back" now, as another cult classic is coming in to the sights of a lazy studio. It's starting to feel depressingly like the execs have no confidence that you, the modern audience, are capable of watching movies more than five years old without needing an all new jazzed up version to fit with whatever is trendy at the time. According to Variety, Stephen Norrington is planning to return to the directors chair with a remake of Alex Proyas' infamous debut movie from 1994, The Crow. Norrington has successfully pitched to Relativity Media who are now negotiating to acquire the franchise and fund the movie. If you can't remember who Mr Norrington is, he's the director »

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Are You Ready For The Crow Reboot?!

15 December 2008 9:19 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ready or not, The Crow will "fly again". Variety is reporting that director Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of The Crow based on the comic created by James O'Barr.

The article continues, "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."For Norrington, The Crow deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with the Marvel Comics hero "Blade, »

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The Crow Returns to the Screen

15 December 2008 8:05 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Crow, last seen on screen in 2005, is headed for the remake route.  Stephen Norrington (Blade) will revisit James O’Barr’s comic book creation according to Variety.

He has signed with Relativity Media to write and direct a new version of the character.  The film rights have been in Ed Pressman’s possession and negotiations continue to transfer them to the new production company.

O’Barr created the comic in 1989 as a means of dealing with his feelings in the wake of his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a drunk driver.  He first published the title through Caliber Comics. The series moved to Kitchen Sink Press from 1996-1998 followed by a The Crow/Razor one-shot crossover from London Night Studios. Also in 1998, Random House released The Crow: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams, a prose anthology edited by Ed Kramer and O’Barr with stories by Henry Rollins, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Remake of 'The Crow' announced

15 December 2008 3:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A planned remake of cult film The Crow has been revealed. Relativity Media have begun negotiations to acquire the rights to James O'Barr's comic book story, reports Variety. Blade director Stephen Norrington has signed up to write and direct the reinvention. The book was first adapted for the screen by Alex Proyas in 1994 but Norrington has already told fans that his vision will be different. "Whereas Proyas’s original (more) »

- By Lara Martin

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Crow gets relaunched

15 December 2008 1:06 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While I may get flamed for saying this, but I was never much of a fan of 1994's The Crow. I know it was a huge cult hit but I just didn't get it - at all. But I'm sure many of you out there will be either thrilled or pissed that there's a remake in the works. Stephen Norrington (Blade) has signed on to direct The Crow, which will be less a remake of the movie and more an adaptation of the original comic by James O'Barr. The project will be set up at Relativity Media outside of the studio »

- Mike Sampson

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Norrington to Reboot Crow Franchise

14 December 2008 11:51 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After taking a self-imposed sabbatical following the “demoralizing” experience of making League of Extraordinary Gentleman, which I felt demoralized just watching, Variety reports that Stephen Norrington is returning to filmmaking with a new film based on James O’Barr’s classic antihero, The Crow.

His approach won’t be the Gothic style Alex Proyas used to such good effect in the 1994 original, but rather a ”realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style” film. That’s a little bit odd, as the Gothic style really worked for the story of a murdered rock star who comes back for revenge one year after his death, but Norrington seems pretty confident in his vision.

It’s not a done deal yet, Ed Pressman still has the rights to the franchise and is working with Relativity Media on a deal as we speak, but chances are good this will come to fruition before we know it. »

- Johnny Butane

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The Crow To Fly Again

14 December 2008 11:45 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Now before we collectively huff in discontent at the bitter fate of a loved franchise, let's cut Stephen Norrington just a little bit of slack. Since the Victorian dangleberry that was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he has been hanging his head in shame - having not made a single film since. So we should give him a chance to redeem himself. After all, he did bring us Blade...Norrington has been picked to write and direct a fresh take on The Crow, first adapted for screen by Alex Proyas in 1994. Although it may be difficult to rival the gloriously gothic and stylized world of the rock musician who returns from the dead to avenge his girlfriend's death that the Dark City director conjoured nearly 15 years ago, Norrington promises his take will be "almost documentary-style." Taking influence from James O'Barr's original comic-book material, Norrington will have to engage the »

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'Blade' Helmer Set for a Reinvention of 'The Crow'

14 December 2008 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Stephen Norrington directed the first Blade film and his next big film after that was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a film that all but ended Sean Connery's acting career. Norrington hasn't made a film since, and after a couple of stalled projects that fell into the hands of other directors (Mutant Chronicles, Clash of the Titans) it appears he is ready to get back into the director's chair with a reinvention of James O'Barr's "The Crow" which served as the source material for Alex Proyas' 1995 film of the same name. Norrington seems confident his version will be a large enough departure from the Proyas film telling Variety, "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." For those that have not seen the original (first off... shame on you) it centers on a rock musician named »

- Brad Brevet

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Stephen Norrington Remaking Alex Proyas' The Crow

14 December 2008 10:56 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It only takes 14 years for a film to be remade. Alex Proyas' The Crow, starring Brandon Lee, is up next, with Relativity Media negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the film franchise. Stephen Norrington has signed on to both write and direct the "reinvention" of the film, which was originally based on the comic created by James O'Barr. The original film, which hit theaters in 1994, is about a rock musician who is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs but returns from the dead a year later to avenge his and his girlfriend's death. "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," Norrington said. Stephen Norrington has been laying dormant ever since he directed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003. Norrington is an accomplished sculptor who made his directorial debut with Death Machine then went »

- Alex Billington

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The Crow flies again

14 December 2008 10:34 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Director Stephen Norrington is plotting a new version of graphic novel adaptation The Crow. Yes, for all you younger readers sick of us older types complaining about the movies of our youth being “re-imagined”, now it’s happening to yours too. Producer Eric Pressman (one of the team behind the 1994 original) is negotiating with Relativity Media for the production company to acquire the franchise and splash the cash to get it made. Eric Draven The film, which starred Brandon Lee (who died during its making) and was... .

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'The Crow' Latest Franchise Getting the Reboot

14 December 2008 10:11 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

When was the last time you've seen The Crow, Dimension Films' adaptation of the incredible comic book created by James O'Barr? Sure it only came out 14 years ago (holy crap time flies), but as shocking as it might sound, this Brandon Lee thriller is already extremely dated (in my humble opinion). Should it be remade? Probably not, but there's nothing we can do about it, so it's time to get over it and read on for the details (nothing surprises me anymore). In the original, a man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. Stephen Norrington (Blade) has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of The Crow, based on the comic created by James OBarr. »

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Now it’s The Crow being remade

14 December 2008 9:58 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that Relativity Media is planning a new film version of The Crow, based on James O’Barr’s comic. Stephen (Blade) Norrington will script and direct the movie.

Relativity is currently in talks with Ed Pressman, who produced Alex Proyas’ 1994 Crow feature, to pick up the rights. Proyas’ version of the story of Eric Draven, a rock musician who returns from the grave to avenge his and his girlfriend’s murders, was successful enough to spawn three sequels and is also notorious for star Brandon Lee’s death in an on-set accident.

Norrington, a special FX artist who made his directorial debut with 1995’s Death Machine and hasn’t done a movie since 2003’s troubled The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (though at one point he and Pressman intended to team on Mutant Chronicles, which wound up being helmed by Simon Hunter), will take a different approach to the material than Proyas did. »

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Blade Helmer Reinvents The Crow

14 December 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

We're well beyond The Crow 's ten year anniversary. And you know what that means? A remake, er, or reinvention or re-imagining - or whatever those crazy cats wearing the producer caps are calling it these days. Variety reports Relativity Media and producer Ed Pressman have connected with a director to embark on a reinvention of James O'Barr's brooding comic book property. Blade 's Stephen Norrington is the man stepping up to the plate. It will be his first film since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003. If you take a gander at his credits since then you'll find he's been dabbling in sculpture having worked on Exorcist: The Beginning and Feast . He was once attached to the Clash of the Titans redo, but he ultimately parted ways with Warner Bros. »

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Full Trailer For Knowing

12 December 2008 2:19 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The first full trailer for Knowing, the new movie from Dark City director Alex Proyas is here. Unfortunately now that he's been saddled with the many wigs of Nicolas Cage, his movies are forced to bear the label of "from the director of I, Robot" instead of the preferable "from the director of Dark City and The Crow". I'm sure Proyas isn't any happier with that than his fans are. This longer trailer adds some new wrinkles to the plot of the film. We knew that it was about a mysterious letter found in a time capsule, which predicts every major disaster on Earth, leading up to one mega-disaster which probably won't be good for anyone. What we didn't know is that it was also some sort of weird horror movie with creepy strangers called "The Whisperers" lurking in the woods and terrorizing little children. Watch the brand new trailer »

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