An unnamed “star” came in and demanded a new script
Apparently his removal followed an unnamed star who had gotten involved with the movie who initially claimed he loved Norrington’s vision before suddenly rejecting the script and asking for a completely new take from a completely new writer.
“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.”
Norrington states that the “star” in question was not Mark Wahlberg.
The director is now at work on The Lost Patrol for Legendary Pictures. “I’m also just about to start production on an indie animation/live action project, which will take a few years to complete,” he adds.