Nick Cave to rewrite 'Crow' reboot

Screen Rant (via The Wrap) is reporting that Bad Seeds musician Nick Cave will be rewriting the reincarnation of The Crow, the 1994 gothic action film starring Brandon Lee.

Based on James O'Barr's comic book series, the original film revolves around murdered musician Eric Draven who is resurrected as a spirit of vengeance. The reboot, which is supposed to be more realistic but mysterious than the Alex Proyas-directed original, is slated to begin filming this summer for a 2011 release date, but that's looking unlikely. Last word on the project came from producer Ed Pressman, who told MTV director Edward Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) had completed a "terrific" screenplay set in either the southwest or an urban city. But Pressman is now saying Cave will work his magic on the script.

Cave, already considered an iconic musician, has earned much respect as a screenwriter over the last few years. Cave wrote Australian Western The Proposition in 2005 after getting his feet wet with his first screenwriting foray, 1988's Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead. Among a few other projects, Cave has also written The Promised Land, an adaptation of the bootlegging novel The Wettest County in the World. His talents as a writer even earned him the honor of being one to watch in 2006 by Variety.

So can Cave pull off a good Crow script? The guy can certainly operate across several musical genres, and The Proposition is an excellent flick, so he has my ticket money. In other Nick Cave news, his "solo" quartet Grinderman is releasing their new album on Sept. 14. Check out the album trailers below (directed by Proposition director John Hillcoat).