Nick Cave, the rare (only?) rock star to make a credible transition to screenwriting, has been brought on board to clean up the script for a remake of "The Crow."
Cave will be working off a script from the film's director, Stephen Norrington ("Blade," "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman"), which is set in both "the southwest -- the Mexico/Arizona area -- and an urban [setting] -- Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that," reported The Wrap.
“Whereas (director Alex) Proyas’ original was gloriously Gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington in 2008 told Daily Variety.
The film, which tells the story of a young man who comes back from the dead to avenge the murders of his girlfriend and himself, attained cult status following its 1994 release, in part due to the on-set death of star Brandon Lee. The actor, son of martial arts god Bruce Lee, was killed by a malfunctioning prop gun during the shooting of the film.
Cave established himself as a major screenwriting talent in 2006 with "The Proposition," the outstanding Western directed by John Hillicoat and starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Emily Watson. It was as dark, thoughtful and tough as the music Cave has made for nearly 40 years.
Since then, Cave's also begun developing a TV adaptation of his own novel "The Death of Bunny Munroe," working with Andy Serkis on a film version of "Three Penny Opera," and reuniting with Hillicoat for a film called "Death of a Ladies' Man," about a sex-addict traveling salesman.