Everything old (or at least "old" in the Hot Topic sense) is new again -- and so The Crow is going to be reborn. Variety reports that Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a "reinvention" of The Crow, based on the comic written by James O'Barr.

Norrington is hoping that resurrecting The Crow will do something similar for his career, which has been dead in the water since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. (Tangle with Alan Moore at your peril, directors.) He was once attached to direct Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros, but fell out with the studio over his inability to "excite" the studio with his take. Louis Leterrier got the job instead.

Norrington promises the film will be a different take than Alex Proyas' version -- which, you remember, went down in cult-Goth history for claiming the life of its star, Brandon Lee. "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." Now I've never read O'Barr's book -- but isn't it quite gothic and stylized? There's a lot of agony, and despairing self-mutilation, and the titular crow plays a bigger part. Does the material lend itself to the approach Norrington wants to take?

I know I should be more annoyed that they're actually remaking The Crow because it's not that old ... but in a world where Hulk was rebooted after a mere five years, fourteen years between "reimaginings" is an eon. You have to wonder, though -- after the original launched so many forgettable sequels, will audiences even pay attention to a remake?