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Stephen Norrington Joins THE LOST PATROL!!

Published at: Jan. 13, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
Stephen Norrington, who did such a fine job directing BLADE back in 1998 - and faced struggles on the shoulda-been-way better LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN in 2003 - will re-write and direct the World War II supernatural thriller THE LOST PATROL for Legendary Pictures.
Norrington said the project hit all of his "geek-buttons" and contains "hardware, heroes, grime, insane monsters."
...per THIS piece in Hollywood Reporter. I've always had this feeling Norrington is a badass filmmaker waiting to truly shine. Maybe PATROL, or his currently-in-development reworking of THE CROW, will at long last afford him this opportunity.
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  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Good luck, dude...

    by HarryCalder

    I know LoEG kicked your ass...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Oh, and please can The Crow remake, would you?

    by HarryCalder

    Not that the original is so sacred, but on principle...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Love Norrington...

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Agree with Merricks sentiments. Be really nice if he made more than 2 films this decade.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The Crow Remake

    by kevinwillis.net

    You know, there were a lot of movies put out last year we could go ahead and remake. Why wait? Let's start remaking the original before the original even hits DVD.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Talented guy for sure

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Sounds good.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I had such high hopes for LOEG

    by WickedChicken37

    As much as I dislike it, I still catch myself watching it whenever it is on.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    He's an ass.

    by billybigbollocks

    He might be a "bad-ass geek", but being a director requires the ability to mold your actors, get along with crew, work well with your studio. Norrington seems loathed by anyone he's ever directed; for, alongside or with. If Sean Connery hasn't got a good word for him then that's good enough for me.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Awesome. sounds like a good project for him.

    by HoboCode

    Show'em you can do it, Norrington!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    LoEG was just idiotic adaptation

    by tomimt

    They basicly took Moore's idea, removed everything that was even remotely interesting and made it a cliched action movie. Don't know who's fault that was then, maybe it was Connery who didn't want to be an useless drug addict for half of the movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    If Connery Hates you

    by DangerDave

    you aint shit.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I liked LoEG...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...despite that ship travellin thru the canals...but it was a cool movie, cool characters, and cool scenes...it was a bad adaptation supposebly to you fan boys, but fan boys dont rule the world, regular people do...quit bitchin and just enjoy it

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Fuck Connery.

    by HoboCode

    Anybody not living in a cave knows he's a notoriously difficult actor to work with, mostly due to the fact that he's a womanizing, egomaniacal douchebag. As far as I'm concerned LOEG failed because of him and not Norrington. Although I have to say I think the film has gotten a bad rap.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Connery punched him in the face

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Guess it took him a while to recover

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by Knuckleduster

    Part of me thinks that Blade was a fluke (it emerges every time I watch "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", which is a disgrace of a film, especially after you've read Moore's comics). I would like to see Norrington make more movies, though, if only to make up my mind on him. <p> Not sure The Crow needs a remake (or, God forbid, another sequel).

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Blade was the first modern comic film.

    by Robusto

    Blade was great. Very organic and gritty and felt small and personal. Very well lit movie too. The action hasnt aged as well though. I feel Blade2 is overrated. Anytime a movie falls into an Aliens corridor clone i give up on it. League is inexcusable considering they could have just used the comic as the script.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Inever understood the passion the AICN geeks have...

    by AsimovLives

    ... for this hack. It's mind-boggling!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    He REALLY impressed me with Blade

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    That is about a PERFECTLY directed film. Every moment is spot-on, every frame is perfectly composed. Blade does what an action film should, it flows like a river. One moment folds perfectly into the next. Nothing feels awkward, nothing feels unexplained, all the characters feel perfectly motivated.</p><p>LXG had several problems. Mostly it just had too many characters that didn't really feel like they went together and a weak villain. Mostly I think the script was just weak overall.</p>

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    speakin of Blade...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...when I first seen it, I was into it... but I got really into it when Snipes said somethin "you motherfuckers crazy?"...that took it to the next level...and I liked Blade2 action and characters...and I like Blade3 only for Ryan "thunder cunt" and "go fuck your sister"...well every scene he is in he steals it...but why the hell did Blade have a red inner lining or whatever?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    blade is THE SHIT!!!!!!!!

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    good luck norrington

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    fett you are absolutely spot on mate

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Gore Verbinski is another exceptional Director...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Curse of the Black Pearl and The Ring both have that same smoothness. I wish Gore made more films too.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Don't like BLADE or GENTLEMEN, but sure...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...sounds like fun.<P>Make it good.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    without the success of blade

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    we would never have had the good comic book movies of the 00's blade got spidey and x men made...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    I loved the flashback parts in Hellboy and this sounds like it could be similar. Bring it on I say!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Blade was awesome

    by Gozu

    League...well, wasn't, but I'm willing to give him a mulligan on that and if it delays/buries "The Crow" remake, kick-ass. Yes, the original movie wasn't faithful to the comic. It was much better and set the standard for comic book action and visuals, even as recently as Nolan's Joker (which is very Brandon Lee). I'd be more interested in rebooting or revisiting other 90's indie heroes, like "Spawn" or "The Maxx" (imagine Terry Gilliam or Tarsem getting their hands on THAT).

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Anyone here remember The Lost Platoon?

    by Kirbymanly

    Vietnam + Vampires

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Definitely fun to be had in LXG

    by belasco_house

    despite the disappointing script/villain/ending. Dorian Gray was a worthy addition, Tom Sawyer - not so much.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Ah, am I sposed to say LOEG not LXG?

    by belasco_house

    Sorry

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Belasco_House

    by Gearfree

    LXG in reference to the drivvel of an adaptation. LoEG(or just the full title) for the books.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I thought it said LONG PATROL...

    by TheMarineBiologist

    And I got really excited that they would use all the crappy rodent animation from the Dr. Doolittle movies and that Guinea Pig movie from last year to finally give us a good "live action" Redwall movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Watch it & feel every second, down to The Last Minute

    by Darkartist

    Anyone who has watched The Last Minute can't be excited about Norrington getting another project. Fortunately I saw it on DVD and subsequently mashed my finger down on the fast forward button for so long and so hard that I left a sinkhole in the fat of my thumb. 90 minutes of coke-fueled grade school philosophy, obnoxiously flashy cinematography and Max Beesley mugging. Awesome. The Lost Patrol is gonna be a real gem

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a Siffy Original

    by decypher44

    Sounds like one of those Siffy original movies, so I can't seem to get too excited about this. I love the theme, but the execution has always been pretty bad.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The action in blade has aged VERY WELL, moron

    by manifestchaos

    They did almost everything in-camera, making heavy use of stop-motion and similar effects. So your comment about the ACTION aging poorly is fucking retarded. The CGI has aged quite poorly, but there's really not much of it at all, aside from the explosions of slain vamps (which look decent) it's basically just the dripping blood and the flying skeleton things during the climax.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery

    by seniorspeilbergio

    You know who else he hates? Michael Bay. He apparently shoved him up against a wall after Bay berated and humiliated a crewmember on set. If Connery is such a prick, why did Speilberg enjoy working with him so much? He's not a douchebag. He just knows how to deal with them.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Stephen Norrington:

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    The only director to ever get punched out by a 72 year old man (Sean Connery). Gotta love it!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    He'll sit on it for a year and give it to someone else.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Hope it works out for him, but yeah....

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    LXG was very well made

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just a poor script and bad casting. Blade was brilliantly directed.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Darkartist

    by Mr Lucas

    I had no idea The Last Minute ever got released. I worked on it for a day and it seemed like a complete shambles. It was supposed to be that twat Beesley's big break. Norrington was a total loon. If I was a producer I wouldn't trust him with one penny of my money. He's just crazy enough to make something good by accident though - just glad it won't be with my moolah.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    The Crow sucked.

    by fiester

    Blade was good though. Still very enjoyable to watch that first Blade.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    They're rebooting THE CROW now?

    by CountryBoy

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    When the hell are they going to release Blade on HD?

    by white_vader

    in the U.S. or O.S.? I love that flick and got the Canadian Blu-ray before I realised it was the wrong aspect ratio and more than that the sound is really ordinary. One thing that was supercool when I saw it in the cinema was the thumping bass from the subwoofers rattling my teeth in the doof scenes. Canadian version sucks (no pun intended). Avoid.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    May as well add my voice to the "FUCK OFF WITH THE REMAKES!" pos

    by Wookie_Weed

    Seriously, fuck off with the remakes. And Merrick, saying LOEG 'shoulda been better' is like saying Dubya shoulda been better.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Which Norrington will show up?

    by Elcabio

    I've seen all his movies. Blade blew me away. As stated earlier, spot on directing and flow. The action scenes DO stand up well against time. The last fight scene where he runs up the ramp and does a giant flip to engage in the sword fight against Deacon Frost is one of my favorite action sequences of all time. Death Machine is a fantastic little gem that I watch everytime its on cable. I was excited to rent The Last Minute. The DVD was corrupted and didn't play well, and that may have been a good thing. It was definetly Norrington's attempt at Avant Garde and I wasn't too thrilled with it. LXG was also a disappointment and the main reason why was indeed Norrington's fault IMHO. Certain scenes and character reactions were just filmed wrong and could only be attributed to him. That being said, Blade remains one of my fav movies and I want to have Norrington give me that fully geeked feeling back when I see a flick.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    "Blade" has an AMAZING opening scene —

    by blakindigo

    — the vampire rave. The editing, music, pacing and subtext of the scene was brilliant. Snipes looked threatening and appropriately hardcore. I enjoyed "Death Machine" back in the day — haven't seen it in years. "LXG" was really well directed in places, great design and some nice set pieces, but that script was awful. If people think that "Watchmen" was butchered, they should really look at what was done to "LXG". The comics are sublime; the movie is terribly disappointing.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Blakindigo

    by hallmitchell

    THe openening scene of Blade is the best opening scene in film. Mind Blowing!!!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Another great Sir Sean moment....

    by hallmitchell

    He's on set of First Knight with Richard Gere. Everyone is ordered NOT to mention " The GERBIL ". Sir Sean - " Well Richard, what's this I hear about a Gerbil." Is that a pin drop i hear.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    so they're going to shit on THE CROW

    by frank cotton

    can't say i'm suprised, but you think they'd leave it alone for BRANDON LEE's sake. BOYCOTT!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Favorite Connery quote about Norrington

    by Redmond

    When asked at the premiere where the director was, Connery dryly responded, "Try the local insane asylum." Gotta love it. I know a few people who worked on LXG and it was as bad an experience as everyone says it was, James Cameron bad, but without the quality or talent. Just a borderline crazy, self centered, delusion filmmaker with no ability to get along with anyone.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Eh, I prefer Blade II

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Although I'm aware he's pretty insane,

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Norrington's Blade is action movie perfection. I even find LXG very rewatchable even though it's a jumbled mess.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    good news.

    by Fortunesfool

    Norrington knows his stuff. It'd be a pity to see him go after the LXG debacle, which, despite what everyone seems to think of it, still has loads of great stuff in it.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    norrington is still alive?

    by iwasredempted

    blade was fantastic. loeg was...wow...no words to describe that except that norrington needs to personally apologize to me for wasting my fucking time. seriously. tom sawyer? mina harker superhero vamp? norrington needs to walk up to me as i say "kneel before zod" as i proceed to kick his teeth in.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    So imagine that opening rave scene...

    by white_vader

    WITHOUT the chest-thumping bass. That's what I was talking about when I said the Canadian BD sucks.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    white_vader, the disk is THAT awful?

    by blakindigo

    No 5.1 surround?

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    "The Crow" Remake?!

    by Pawprint

    Oh fucking no fucking way! Is nothing sacred?!

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah there's surround Blakindigo

    by white_vader

    but it's compressed and the subwoofer just doesn't thump like it should. When you watch the rave scene and it's not doing the business, you know something's wrong. There's just not enough life in the mix even compared to a previous DVD I have. Also, as I said the aspect ratio is cropped from scope (2.35 to 1) to fit a regular widescreen telly (1.78 to 1). Which sucks arse. <p> Usually I check that shit out when purchasing from the U.S., the U.K., Canada or Australia (where I live), but I guess my enthusiasm got the better of me before I realised what a dodgy reputation Alliance have for their releases. No extras either!

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen remake?

    by sean bean

    Nah, I'm just kidding. Give it another couple of years, at least.