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.
News 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.