Meddlesome actor to blame?
It has certainly been a helluva week for the latest version of The Crow.
Rumor swirled earlier this week with news that Mark Wahlberg was offered the leading role (sources told us that offer was “old”). Today, director Stephen Norrington (Blade) tells Mania.com that he has left the project. He cites that an actor (he implies it’s not Wahlberg and really doesn’t mind that choice of actor) got involved in the film and wanted a page one re-write of the script which Norrington and Nick Cave penned. Furthermore, the actor wanted to bring in a new writer altogether.
Norrington tells the site, “As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth. I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.”
Norrington is now moving on to two other projects: An animated film and The Lost Patrol.
The Crow is left seeking a new director, however, if this unnamed actor has any clout or name value, perhaps an eager director looking to work with him will slip into the project quickly.