One Halloween in college I put on black vinyl pants and white face paint and went around at parties whispering comfortingly, “It can’t rain all the time,” to the girls in their obligatory harlot costumes. I don’t think the tagline of 1994’s “The Crow” stuck with them, but it stuck with fans of the Alex Proyas film, which is getting a remake. In fact, The Wrap reports the screenplay is being re-written by Nick Cave.
While 2005’s “The Proposition” was a brilliant example of Cave’s writing prowess (he also scored it with Warren Ellis) other recent attempts at screenwriting have not come to fruition. Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott approached him to bring a “Gladiator” sequel to life at one point, and gave him the task of solving the problem of the main character’s death in the first film. Cave’s solution was a tale of Gods and reincarnation, with Crowe moving through time slaughtering unbelievers, living through WWII and into the modern age.
Some have called it batshit. Frankly, it sounded awesome to me, like an exploration of George C. Scott’s past life monologue in “Patton” where he tells General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden) about being at the battle of Carthage 2000 years prior. But you can imagine that the look on the studio exec’s faces were not unlike Malden’s when they declined to make the film.
There must be something solid about this Crow remake if Cave is on board. “I’m very comfortable in my day job as a musician,” Cave said about the previous “Gladiator” effort, talking to the Guardian. “The last thing I ever wanted to get involved with is Hollywood. The way it works is that people get an idea you could possibly do something, but there’s a one-in-a-hundred chance that it could get made. It’s a waste of fucking time, and I have a lot to do.”