‘The Crow’ remake, Frank Miller, Thor and ‘Twilight’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Dec. 15, 2008 | 3:06 p.m.

Brandon_lee_as_the_crowAs ‘The Crow’ flies: The director that drove Sean Connery to retirement and ensured that Alan Moore would never give Hollywood another chance wants to remake "The Crow." Reporter Michael Fleming has the announcement story in the trades: "Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a reinvention of "The Crow," based on the comic created by James O’Barr. 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," 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 film since. Norrington said he felt demoralized by that experience, and the accomplished sculptor spent the next five years writing and working on his art. He made a deal to direct "Clash of the Titans" for Warner Bros., but left the project, he said, because he was "unable to excite Warner Bros. with my take, or influence the screenplay to any comfortable extent…." "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. [Variety]

‘Wolverine’ trailer: Well, 2009 is looking pretty fantastic for film-going fanboys.  "Watchmen" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," not to mention "Terminator Salvation." Oh, and just in case you were worried that "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" might be as sluggish and uninvolving as the third "X-Men" film, the trailer above should inspire some major mutant optimism.   

Spartans_from_300_frank_millerSinners and Spartans: Comics icon and newly minted filmmaker Frank Miller is getting ready for this Wednesday night’s premiere of "The Spirit" in Los Angeles but he answered (kinda) some questions from Edward Douglas about the next step in the cinematic life of "300" and "Sin City." Douglas writes: "With a lot of rumors swirling about a potential sequel or prequel to Zack Snyder’s ’300,’ which was based on a standalone graphic novel, some have wondered how involved Miller would be, and if he might write or draw another graphic novel based on the subject matter as basis for another movie. ‘I’ve written a story that’s not a prequel,’ he told us. ‘It’s definitely a further story in the Greco-Persian Wars, and it involves some of the same characters but I’m not sure exactly how far along it’ll get and again, until it’s on a marquee, I don’t believe in it.’ And as far as whether Miller might co-direct [a second 'Sin City' film] with Robert Rodriguez again or direct himself, now that he has ‘The Spirit’ under his belt: ‘I hope to work with Robert. We’re talking it over and trying to work out the mechanics of actually getting it made. It’s always tricky with movies. I believe that a movie’s going to come out as soon as I see its name on a marquee.’ ‘I’ll publish something,’ he hinted with a smile, when asked whether there might be a ‘Sin City’ or ’300′ comic or graphic novel out before either movie." [Superhero Hype]

Spirited debate: Speaking of Miller, one of the early fanboy-press reviews of "The Spirit" is in and says the film has replaced "Battlefield Earth" as the worst movie ever made. [Ain't it Cool News] … I’ve seen the film myself and I don’t think it’s "Battlefield" bad — it has too many stylish aspirations — but I can say that in his attempt to make a film into a comic book (as opposed to, say, "300," which vividly turned a comic book into a film) Miller’s produced a tone-jarring movie that isn’t always sure what it wants to be. I think Miller has an incredible visual flair and his sensibility has made him the most important comic book artist of the past 25 years, but I don’t know if mainstream moviegoers are going to know what to make of "The Spirit."

Kirbys_thor Hammer time: Actor-director Kenneth Branagh has opened up a bit about his plans for a certain Norse god. Here’s his conversation with MTV from a junket for "Valkyrie": "I am directing ‘Thor,‘ or ‘The Mighty Thor’ as you might like to call it," he said with a smile before clarifying what the title of the film will be. ‘I think it will be ‘Thor.’ " … So what’s the appeal of ‘Thor,’ Kenneth? "To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures," he enthused. He continued excitedly, "There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way." So who will play Branagh’s hero? Asked about the rumors of Kevin McKidd being up for the role, the director waved it off as premature speculation. "There’s been lots of talk [about casting] — I sound like a politician — but we are too early at this stage. We’re getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days." Just because Branagh hasn’t worked on a project of this scale since ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,’ fear not. This ‘Thor’ promises to be as large as the character would seem to call out for. "It’s a chance to tell a big story on a big scale," said Branagh. "It’s a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario." [MTV]

Twilight_cast‘Twilight’ reconsidered: Are too many "Twilight" fans up past their bedtime? Sonja Bolle, who writes a monthly column called Word Play for the Los Angeles Times books pages, says that many of the hot and bothered fans of the books (and the movie) are too young to be, well, hot and bothered. She writes: "When a tide of popularity rises, it erases all boundaries. The first sign that ‘Twilight’ was a pop-culture phenomenon was that teen girls who hadn’t talked to their parents in years were dressing up with their mothers in vampire costumes and attending midnight book parties together. By last summer, when the marketing for the fourth and ostensibly final book in the series reached the proportions of hysteria (and that was a mild dress rehearsal for the movie release), it had become de rigueur for any self-respecting female reader of any age to read the books. Not only to read them, but to swoon over them, to be overwhelmed by them; to find, as 10-year-old Lyla Polon of Santa Monica wrote, ‘It’s hard for me to face the fact that [the characters] are not real.’ Much as I like the novels — and I devoured all of them happily — I’m appalled to find that a sizable number of the 25 million copies now in print are going into the hands of 10-year-olds. Why would parents whose children are not yet obsessed with sex encourage their kids to read books that are one long, bodice-ripping romance?" [Word Play, Los Angeles Times]

Helen_slaterON THIS DATE: Kurt Schaffenberger was born on this day in 1920 in Germany and would go on to be one of the enduring comic-book artists of his generation, working on the Captain Marvel titles at Fawcett before jumping over to DC, where he brought his high-clarity style to Superman-related titles, most notably "Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane." He died in 2002…. Today is also the 45th birthday of Helen Slater, who starred in "Supergirl" on the silver screen…. Comics writer (and television writer and musician) J. M. DeMatteis is 55 today and has tall of stack of funny-book accomplishments, among them "Moonshadow," "Brooklyn Dreams" and memorable runs on Spider-Man, Captain America and  Justice League International…. Julie Taymor, the Tony-winning Broadway director now at work on "Spider-Man: The Musical," is 56 today. To celebrate, let’s all think super thoughts and sing a song in public today.

– Geoff Boucher

Credits: Brandon Lee as "The Crow,"  Miramax Films and the Los Angeles Times archives; Frank Miller’s Spartans from "300,"  Dark Horse Comics; "Twilight" image, Summit Pictures.

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6 Responses to ‘The Crow’ remake, Frank Miller, Thor and ‘Twilight’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

  1. Firefly says:

    Look, it’s like this…..
    THE SPIRIT movie will be the next SPEED RACER movie. REGARDLESS of whether these are movies are good or bad, the INSANITY of dumping $100 or $200 million into properties that have a VERY narrow appeal to an ageing audience is a no-brainer ELIXIR FOR DISASTER. Anybody remember how THE ROCKETEER movie stiffed? And that was a very loyal adaptation to the material.
    So to do a SPIRIT movie that at once appeals to a very narrow and older comic book circle while simultaneously ALIENATING said circle by not being true to the source material….well….let’s just say that whatever studio made THE SPIRIT will be laying off people straight through 2009.

  2. John Thomas says:

    Unless this was a SinCity-like movie based on "The Crow Author's Edition" (see http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/thecrow/ ) I would hate a remake was made

  3. Stacy says:

    I'm so disgusted with the notion that You BASTARDS out in Hollywood would even think of remaking this film. You are going to ruin a wonderfully written and directed film that has become a classic in the eyes of all who has seen it! It was the final work of one of the most talented young men of his time Brandon Lee. You should honor his memory and uphold his work for YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT BETTER!!! It was and IS PERFECT as is! To add injury to insult you picks Stephen Norrington to write and direct??!! WTF is wrong with you?!!! If you have to remake this b/c you can't think of anything new to make I woulda gone with Frank Miller. You people suck! that’s all I can say…this is very disappointing-I'm a huge movie fan and I'm boycotting this flick if ever released and anything else this studio makes and telling everyone else to do the same!!!! I know a lot of people!

  4. Jay says:

    Jesus Christ can't you get an idea of your own.
    The guy died making this movie and you wanna remake it
    Fine, after you die I'll make your coffin into a piss pot.
    Here's an idea….Go get a writer with a life,
    or better yet, one that's on drugs.
    Or Best Yet, I'll give you one of mine, for free,
    Just leave this movie alone.
    Seriously,
    Jaymccartie@hotmail.com
    Either that, or simply call it another sequel, or spin-off to appease us. The role of Eric Draven belongs to Brandon. I know he earned it, we all know that. I think what your doing is tasteless and I gaurantee you I won't pay to see it, rent it or piss on it until its forced on me.
    Give his mother and Sister roles in your TLOEG piece of crap type movie.

  5. Clint Westwood here, yeah, the guy who pied Santa on CNN. The Crow has been my favorite movie ever since it first came out. At risk of sounding like I have a big head, I think its safe to say that I'm the biggest Crow fan out there. I've even been to Brandon's grave at Lake View Cemetery. So I think my two cents would be helpful. I can totally see how it would be a total mistake to remake The Crow for the more modern times. It will put a spotlight on the original Crow for a very short time for all the wrong reasons. As much as I want more people to see the original Crow movie, I don't want them to see it just because a new one is being made. People will think its cool to have seen the original just because the new one is coming out. And if the new Crow movie is very popular then everyone will forget about the old one after time and whenever someone references The Crow, everyone will think they are talking about the new version. The fact is, it has the potential to completely change The Crow's credibility. But for good or bad will remain a mystery … for now. To be honest, I can't wait to see the new Crow remake. And you know why? I just wanna see what happens. Because I know that whatever happens with this new remake, nothing will change the fact that the original will always be my favorite movie of all time. The new remake could be absolutely awful and it wouldn't change a thing for me. The original would still be my favorite movie of all time and I would still be grateful that I got see if the remake lived up to the original or not. And if the remake turns out to be totally awesome, I can hold my head high knowing that the original is still my favorite but the remake is not too far behind it. Besides, it can't be any worse than all those awful sequels that somehow got made.

  6. Lilith says:

    Yuck, I'll pass on The Crow remake.

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