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    Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:01:44

    The Crow Returns - Franchise to be reinvented

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    The Crow franchise is being resurrected. The early 1990s film series is being reinvented by Stephen Norrington, who will write and direct the film, which is based on a comic book created by James O'Barr. Norrington's previous credits include directing Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    Relativity Media is negotiating with producer Ed Pressman to acquire the rights and finance the film. Once those details are hammered out, writing, casting and release dates will be decided upon. The dark, romantically gothic story follows rock star Eric Draven, who is murdered while trying to rescue his girlfriend, who is being attacked by thugs. Draven returns from the dead with the mission of avenging his death. The original film, which was released in 1994, was a massive hit, grossing nearly $100 million in box office receipts worldwide. The production was plagued with problems, including the tragic on-set shooting and death of its star, Brandon Lee, who portrayed Draven.

    Norrington, who hasn't directed a film since 2003's League, has said that the rebooted The Crow will be stylistically different and that it will be more realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost like a documentary.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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