The Crow returns with Blade director calling the shots

Blade director Stephen Norrington has been tapped to write and direct a reinvention of The Crow, according to Variety.

The Crow, which is based on the comic created by James O’Barr, first came to the screen in 1994 via an Alex Proyas-directed film, and tells the story of rock musician Eric Draven, who’s murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from a gang of thugs, and returns from the dead one year later for revenge. The original film was a hit, but is remembered for the tragic accident that killed star Brandon Lee during filming.

Norrington will be returning to the director’s chair, five years after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen bombed at the box office. According to reports, he’s been writing and working on his sculpture career during that time.

Norrington told Daily Variety:

“Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style”.