Nick CaveThis is the kind of news that makes me do a double take and exclaim, "The who to the what, now?" Esteemed singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and fancy mustache-haver Nick Cave has reportedly taken over scriptwriting duties for the reboot of The Crow, according to TheWrap.com. Apparently, the script from director Stephen Norrington wasn't as "terrific" as producer Ed Pressman originally enthused, so Nick Cave was brought on board.

Nick Cave has two novels under his belt, And the Ass Saw the Angel... and The Death of Bunny Munro, and a slew of rumors buzzing around him about other screenwriting projects, from an adaptation of The Death of Bunny Munro, to a motion-capture film of The Threepenny Opera with Andy Serkis. This latest tidbit, however, has been confirmed to TheWrap.com by Pressman himself.

Just as I was one of those people bemoaning the reboot of The Crow, I'm also a huge -- huge -- fan of Nick Cave. His Southern Gothic style (think Flannery O'Connor and not just, you know, eyeliner abuse) would translate really well to a tale like this -- sorrowful but still full of fire and brimstone and good, old-fashioned, Old Testament-style revenge.


Since there's been no news about who will take over the role of Eric Draven, which was originally played by the late Brandon Lee, we're free to speculate on who could possibly take over. The most interesting suggestion thrown out by an IMDb poster was to cast Russell Brand; at first, it seemed totally off-the-wall and based only on his physical resemblance to Lee, but on second thought, I'd be interested to see Brand in the role. If he can hold his own in a highly anticipated film that will be closing the Venice Film Festival (that is, Julie Taymor's The Tempest with Dame Helen Mirren), then surely he could handle The Crow. In any case, I'd like to see him give it a go, wouldn't you?

The description of the movie so far doesn't exactly give us a lot to work with at this point, either, which may have had more to do with that so-called terrific script by Norrington. Pressman told MTV in June, "The setting is the southwest - the Mexico/Arizona area - and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that... There are two locations that the film is set. Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern America, and then back."

So... what does that mean exactly? Will The Crow become more like the type of Western Cave created in The Proposition? Does hiring Cave give you hope for The Crow, or is it suspicious that the script needs an extra pair of hands to rework it?