The filmmaker, whose previous movies include Blade and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, told Mania that he quit the project after an unnamed actor rejected his and Nick Cave's script.
"I don't know about that story but I can tell you I'm no longer involved with The Crow," Norrington said when asked about the rumours of Mark Wahlberg taking on the lead role.
He continued: "As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. 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 suggested that the star who prompted his exit wasn't Wahlberg, adding that the Departed actor could make a "gritty blue-collar" Eric Draven.
"He's a truthful actor," he commented. "I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff."