It looks like things are really moving forward on director Stephen Norrington and writer Nick Cave's upcoming 'The Crow,' at least enough that they've apparently gone ahead and offered the lead role to Mark Wahlberg, or so says Bloody Disgusting.
For those unfamiliar with the property, 'The Crow' is based on a comic book series (of course it is) about a man who is mysteriously resurrected from the grave after a group of no-good criminal types murder him and the love of his life. Of course, the newly un-dead hero is kinda immortal and plots all sorts of vengeance against the men who took his life and that of his lady. 'The Crow' was previously made into a 1994 film directed by Alex Proyas, which is more famous for the death of its young star, Brandon Lee, than for its actual content. The film also inspired a lengthy run of direct-to-video movies and a short-lived TV series.
Strangely, this may make this version of 'The Crow' a simultaneous remake, reboot and re-adaptation, a new record in this crazy day and age where every film is a "re-" something.
Picking Wahlberg to star in your "gritty" studio movie about a man with a dead wife/girlfriend seeking revenge against the thugs who wronged him is like saying that Tom Hanks is your favorite actor or that pizza is your favorite food. It's obvious and it works and no one is going to run around screaming that it's a bad-wrong-awful choice, but you kinda' wish some out-of-the-box thinking was happening. Wahlberg has played the sullen cop/vigilante far too many times and, quite frankly, it's getting old. The man's best work has always seen him shed his tough guy persona and get silly and vulnerable. Look at 'Boogie Nights' and 'I Heart Huckabees.'
Despite this, 'The Crow' remains one to watch, mainly because it signals the return of Norrington after his slight but promising career got eviscerated by the disastrous 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.' Also, there's the matter of Cave, whose last script, for John Hillcoat's 'The Proposition,' was nothing short of incredible. And maybe, just maybe, Wahlberg will pull something interesting out of his acting box and shut my big mouth.