We brought you news a couple of days back that Mark Wahlberg was being mentioned as a possible lead for the reboot of the 1994 gothic comic book revenge tale, The Crow.

Now news has come through from Comingsoon.net that director Stephen Norrington is no longer attached to the project, and his departure is being blamed on the “demands of an unnamed actor to completely overhaul the script”.

Could the current Wahlberg casting rumours be the source of this? Norrington famously clashed with Sean Connery on the set of ill-fated comic adaptation, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Maybe he couldn’t face the prospect of going through a similar experience here.

The director has offered a statement of sorts:

“As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable,” says Norrington, “I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth. I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised.”