Bradley Cooper Leaves THE CROW Remake; Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum Emerge as Possible Replacements

     August 15, 2011


Scheduling conflicts have reportedly forced Bradley Cooper to leave director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (28 Weeks Later) remake of The Crow. Cooper had previously been in negotiations to reprise the late Brandon Lee’s turn as iconic gothic character Eric Draven. However, it looks as if his involvement in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings and Legendary Pictures’ Paradise Lost has cramped his schedule to the point that he has exited Relativity’s reboot of James O’Barr’s 1990s comic.

With Cooper off of the grid, it’s being reported that Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum have stepped up to the plate as potential candidates for the part. You may remember that Wahlberg was offered the role of Draven back in October 2010, when Stephen Norrington was attached to direct the remake. That offer never gained much traction and, before long, Norrington had moved on as well. As for Tatum, this is the first time his name has been associated with the role and, in all honesty, I’m hoping it is the last. Hit the jump for a little more on the potential candidates and the project as a whole.

the-crow-movie-posterNews of Cooper’s exit and Wahlberg and Tatum’s potential interest comes courtesy of Heat Vision. Per their report, it’s unclear whether or not Wahlberg and Tatum are the only names Relativity is interested in for the role of Eric Draven. That said, it’s pretty clear that the studio doesn’t want to waste any time as it’s planning on shooting the film in the first quarter of 2012.

Wahlberg already has plenty on his plate having recently signed on to actioner 2 Guns as well as being attached to projects such as the noir pic Broken City, the Will Ferrell comedy Three Mississippi, and the action/comedy Good Time Gang. Tatum has G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation coming up, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike (which is inspired by his own exploits as a male stripper), and is also attached to star in and produce the thriller Blood Brothers. Given their already hefty plates and the gothic nature of the character, I have a hard time imagining either of these two taking on the role. That said, I’ve been surprised before so I won’t be so naive as to say it can’t happen.

Alex Tse (Watchmen) was tapped to write The Crow remake for Fresnadillo and Relativity back in June. In addition to searching for a new lead, Relativity is currently in the midst of fighting The Weinstein Co. in court regarding the distribution rights to the remake. Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Ryan Kavanaugh, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, and Belen Atienza will co-produce the film which hopes to be a “reinvention” of the musician Eric Draven who returns from the dead to seek retribution on those responsible for his fiancée’s murder.

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  • Lizzette

    Oh, hell no! Not Wahlberg or Tatum. Didn’t want Cooper, either. I wish Ledger was still alive. He would’ve been great as The Crow. Hey, how about Jason Momoa?

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      I agree with you about Ledger.

      As for Jason Momoa, I could picture him being the Crow. And, while it’s not saying much, he seems better for the role than Cooper, Tatum and Wahlberg.

  • Andy

    I would check out either: Jack Huston,Jonathan Villalpando or Luke Evans. Would be interesting choices.

  • Ace

    Cooper is better than Channing Tatum! What the hell? All bad now smh

  • BobaFett

    Do a female version of the Crow with Olivia Wilde. Ensure she gets naked.

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      A female Crow. That might be a good idea. But not for your reasons… or perhaps your single reason — to see Olivia Wilde nude.

      They should get a good actress to fill the role, meaning an actress who can actually act well and fits the role. I don’t want to see the latest up-and-coming actress shoehorned into the role. But I sense that Hollywood will do that. They tend to do that for almost every single female lead role in any high-profile flick.

      So, nevermind, yes, got cast a guy. But please. Not Tatum or Wahlberg. That’s like jumping from the frying pan (Cooper) into the fire.

    • caleecala

      You disgust me.

  • junierizzle

    Just put a bullet in this project.

    Didn’t Wahlberg already do The Crow? Only they called it Max Payne.

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  • Cris

    please, don’t….just…….don’t…

  • whatever

    good move – this is going to be more hot topic inspired garbage for the neo-goth crowd. this whole aesthetic (if you can call it that) was tired 20 years ago when Tim Burton first started shoving it down the collective throat. whether your an emo twilight kid or a red neck juggalo, this vapid fascination with darkness and makeup is simply narcissistic and mindless.

    • Marq

      yeah not everyone wants to look like they belong in an old navy commercial, get over yourself

  • Nawtnt

    No Mark Wahlberg or Channing Tatum.

    Ledger would had been great as The Crow.

    His performance in The Dark Knight was so powerful and legendary.

    I think the studio must drop this idea but if the studio goes for it then the actor who is chosen for the role then must give the performance of his life because the 1993 version of The Crow with Brandon Lee in it was a classic.

    No Remakes for 80′s and 90′s classics.

    Hollywood studios have gone too far with movies these days.

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  • trish

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers — he can sing and has the perfect look

  • Rukia

    Why does Channing Tatum keep getting opportunities?

  • LEM

    I just don’t get casting like this. These names shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as a crow remake. Why don’t studios realize if they just make a good movie and cast it correctly people will see it?

  • Nawtnt

    Remaking The Crow is the worst thing since Michael Bay made Transformers 2.

    If the studio seriously want to make a remake movie which will be true to the book, please don’t cast Mark Walhberg or Channing Tatum because they are hearttrobs, girls are going to see this movie because they are half ripped naked and men are going to be forced by their girlfriends to watch it.

    The Crow is a classic and it was the late Brandon Lee’s best movie ever but sadly it was also his last.

    Just remaking the whole thing would be a insult to him, author James O’ Barr and the fans.

  • Sugreev2001

    Bradley Cooper,though a good actor,was never a good choice for the part.Mark Wahlberg can be categorized similarly.Channing Tatum,however,is one of the worst actors working today.Dude cannot emote at all.

    I don’t understand why remake The Crow in the first place.It’s one of the few movies from the 90′s that hasn’t aged a bit.Acting,visuals,music etc. still hold very very well.Plus Brandon Lee was and will always be perfect as the Crow…so leave it be,Hollywood.

  • peapod

    i thought Nick Cave was on writing duties for the croww

  • Weez4

    What a shame. Don’t they realize that the magic in the first Crow movie cannot be replicated? They tried with how many other Crow movies that failed? The Crow was a brilliant performance by a brilliant cast and should be left the way it is. It is pathetic that all these folks feel the need to remake movie after movie. If it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it. I can guarantee that no one I know will waste their time with this movie if they go through with it. Cooper, Tatum, Wahlberg – you’ve got to be kidding!

  • Terry

    Like a lot of you I agree Bradley is awesome but the Crow needs another type of actor. Mark Walberg and Channing? ORELY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JDeveso

    Hollywood has no idea of how to make a good original movie any more, all they can seem to do now is take great movies from the past and make shitty remakes of them! HOLLYWOOD, GET A CLUE AND GIVE US SOMETHING NEW!

    • Marq

      well seems so easy why don’t you write a screenplay?

  • monkey_d

    Just a thought, but I think Matthew Goode would do The Crow more justice than the actors they’ve considered so far.

  • Charlie

    I’m not spamming, but its a group on facebook for everyone who is AGAINST the remake. I’m sure there a lot of you.

  • corinne

    hey i am a female actress trying to make in it in the industry. I would love the chance to act in this film i was a fan of the original. i am five four and one hundred and 112 pounds with blonde hair, girl next door kind of girl look. i am talented and willing to travel for the right part. i come from a very small town waiting and wanting to break out of this shell. this is a serious message give an unknown actress a chance to make you millions.

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  • Will

    I dunno COOPER may have made a decent crow if you look at the artwork for the reboot it give the crow a diffrent style. Plus, he has played dark rolls if u have ever seen him in midnight meat train

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  • Sean Hanlon

    I think it can be done but leave the same music theme and pick an actor with attributes like Brandon Lee and and move the story even closer to the original comic not further away

  • jacqui

    As far as i am concerned leave this be. let Brandon’s masterpiece be. I will see it IF it ever makes it off the set only to criticize it to the floor. Unless any actor is willing to put their heart and soul into this I dont see it being as good.

  • Mr.Chris

    The Crow does not need a fucking remake and if it did, the three chumps in question have no business playing the main character. WTF is wrong with you people??? Come up with something original already and stop remaking all the classics!