Director Stephen Norrington has a hit-and-miss record when it comes to comic book movie adaptations. His Blade was praised by comic book fans and performed well enough at the box office to spawn two theatrical sequels and a short-lived TV series. However, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen failed to cover its budget at the domestic box office and was almost universally panned by critics.
When it was first announced that a new The Crow movie was in the works back in December 2008, Norrington, who is writing the script as well as directing, said that his intention is to make a more "realistic, hard-edged, and mysterious" movie than director Alex Proyas' "gloriously gothic and stylized" 1994 original. Not much has been heard about The Crow since then, but Norrington recently updated the status of the movie in a brief interview with Mania.
The producer and visual effects people are crunching numbers. We've opened discussions with major cast but nothing is final yet.
Though Norrington's The Crow will be the fifth in the franchise, he said that his movie will not be a sequel or a reboot, rather a new story with new characters based on the mythology created by James O'Barr in The Crow comic book. Norrington also said that he hoped to start shooting The Crow in the summer, but that it was more likely that it would have to wait until after he directs the WWII supernatural movie The Lost Patrol.