In news that surprises exactly nobody, Luke Evans has officially exited Relativity’s reboot of The Crow. This development comes with a 0% shock value given Evans recent comments in which he more or less said he was done with the film. Today, Evans’ publicist confirmed to The Wrap that he has left The Crow to pursue other projects. However, like Eric Draven, this movie just wont die. The Crow reboot, which is said to be a much closer adaptation to the comic source material than Alex Proyas‘ 1994 cult film, has had an extremely rocky path to production so far, burning through six actors before Evans (including Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, and James McAvoy) and three directors: Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and most recently F. Javier Gutierrez when he signed on to direct the new Ring sequel, Rings, for Paramount. Corin Hardy signed on to the project in December and will begin meeting with actors after his film The Hallow premieres at Sundance.
You can’t help but wonder if maybe this reboot should just be left behind in the “bad idea” bin – personally, I don’t know anybody clamoring to see a new adaptation – especially given the fact that the goth rock scene feels pretty dated at this point. The reboot is based on the James O’Barr comic in which a rock star returns to life to seek revenge of the thugs that murdered him and his fiancee. However, there must be something promising about the concept if it’s attracting attention from so many A-list talents, and if Relativity is determined to move forward with the project, it might be for the best that Hardy is able to recast and rebuild the project in his own vision.
Am I way off base? Are you guys actually dying to see goth kick-assery? Sound off in the comments.