After shuffling through directors and trying to find a lead actor, the reboot of The Crow might finally have some momentum. A couple months ago, Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) signed on to play the lead in F. Javier Guiterrez’ film and Relativity Media scheduled shooting to begin early next year. Today, Variety reports that the studio has taken another step forward in boosting the property by bringing on creator James O’ Barr to consult on the project. O’Barr wrote the original graphic novel, which is about a rock star named Draven who is brutally murdered alongside his fiancée by a group of thugs. A year later, after a crow taps on Draven’s grave, he is resurrected, and seeks revenge on his killers. The 1994 adaptation became a cult hit but star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during filming. Barr said in a statement about the upcoming reboot, “I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”
Variety also reports that Gutierrez and O’Barr will be on hand at this year’s Comic-Con to promote the film, although where and on what day is currently unknown.
After studio lawsuits, and a great deal of rumors and fallout with various actors, the Welsh actor Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) has taken the lead in director F. Javier Gutierrez’s (Before the Fall) upcoming remake of The Crow. As we previously reported, actors Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) were all rumored for the role, but it looks like it’s Evan who will ultimately be starring. Allegedly, Evans was originally courted for the lead, but at the time he was unable to commit due to his busy schedule. The actor is currently signed on, however, now that Relativity Media has agreed to push back the start date to early next year. Hit the jump for more details on Evans and his role in the film.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening. First up, Deadline reports that Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the Civil War drama The Keeping Room. Set in the final days of the Civil War, the story centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army. Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) are set to star as the female leads, with Marling filling the elder sister role that was previously occupied by Olivia Wilde.
Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is directing from a script by Julia Hart, and production is set to get underway in June. Details regarding Worthington’s character aren’t given, but the actor most recently wrapped David Ayer’s thriller Ten. Hit the jump to find out who may be toplining the remake of The Crow instead of Tom Hiddleston.
When he’s not antagonizing The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston might become a dark avenger himself in the remake of The Crow. Reports have Hiddleston in early talks to star as Eric Draven, a resurrected murder victim who rises from the grave a year after his death in order to exact revenge on the thugs who killed him and his fiance. The 1994 cult classic directed by Alex Proyas starred Brandon Lee in the title role and was based on a James O’Barr comic series. Director F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) is helming from a script by Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) and expects to start production this fall. Hit the jump for more.
James McAvoy is currently doing press for his upcoming British crime-thriller Welcome to the Punch, and he was asked about a few franchise films. The biggest question, naturally, was about X-Men: Days of Future Past. McAvoy said he hadn’t read the script yet (he signed on for multiple movies, so it doesn’t matter if he’s read the screenplay yet or not) because he’s busy doing Macbeth on London’s West End. However, he says he “honestly can’t wait to read it and find out what I’m doing, but I’ve just got no time right now.” Spoiler alert: He’s going to put his index finger and his middle finger to his forehead when using telepathy. But when he finds out that Professor X has joined a murderball league, that’s when things are going to get interesting.
Hit the jump for what McAvoy had to say about his involvement in The Crow reboot and the status on Wanted 2.
The Crow has not had a pleasant relationship with the big screen. Based on James O’Barr‘s comic book series about a man coming back from the dead to avenge his fiancée’s murder, Alex Proyas‘ 1994 adaptation was a hit, but it also resulted in the death of star Brandon Lee, who died from an injury he sustained during filming. There were three sequels plus a short-lived TV series with different actors playing The Crow. Now according to Bloody Disgusting, James McAvoy may follow in the goth footsteps of Lee, Vincent Pérez, Mark Dacascos, Eric Mabius, and Edward Furlong.
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Just a day after bringing you the news that The Crow reboot was back on track after The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media settled their respective lawsuits, it looks like the project has a new director and scribe. F. Javier Gutierrez has apparently been tapped to direct and Jesse Wigutow is reportedly making a deal to write the script for the Relativity Media picture. We reported on Gutierrez (Before the Fall) as a possibility back in October, but Wigutow isn’t exactly a household name. He’s set up the war film Irreparable Harm for HBO Films and did a rewrite for Summit’s The Osterman Weekend, itself a reboot for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah-directed adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel by the same name. As the reboot for The Crow is currently in development, Relativity plans to announce casting, production dates and targeted release dates in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for more.
The reboot that no one is asking for looks like it may be moving forward. A revisiting of director Alex Proyas’ 1994 Miramax picture, The Crow, was previously in the works through Relativity Media. Since the Weinsteins distributed the original through Miramax and had contracts claiming ownership of all rights to The Crow, they filed suit against Relativity seeking “injunctive relief,” ie ceasing all The Crow-related production. Not to be intimidated, Relativity fired counter-claims.
Things haven’t gone particularly well for the reboot as directors have come and gone, writers have signed on and then dropped out, and principal actors have been offered roles but have ultimately left the project. In short, it’s been a mess. One bright spot in production is that both sides of the lawsuit have settled amicably. While the good news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality, the bad news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Maybe this whole thing just isn’t meant to be. Merely a couple months after losing its star Bradley Cooper, The Crow reboot is now without a director. Twitch reports that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) has now dropped out of the project, after originally taking over for director Stephen Norrington. This news doesn’t come as a huge shock, as just a couple weeks ago Fresnadillo was confirmed as the director of the Highlander reboot that Justin Lin vacated, with production on that film slated to begin next Spring.
Plot details on The Crow reboot are thin, but Fresnadillo was working from a script by Watchmen co-scribe Alex Tse. The goal was to reboot James O’Barr’s Eric Draven character for modern audiences for whom Brandon Lee’s 1994 turn is apparently insufficient. Twitch’s report states that the hunt is now on for a replacement director, with F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) being floated as a possibility. Personally, I think the filmmakers should take this as a sign that an unnecessary reboot of The Crow is, in fact, unnecessary. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Alex Proyas’ 1994 iteration.
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.
Watchmen co-scribe Alex Tse has signed on to pen Relativity’s “reinvention” of The Crow. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and potentially starring Bradley Cooper who is attached, the pic is expected to reboot James O’Barr’s Eric Draven character for moviegoers who are perhaps too indifferent to check out Brandon Lee’s stellar 1994 turn and/or gluttons for punishment. Relativity’s press release claims that the project is expected to be “gritty” but, considering that Draven is a man who returns from the grave seeking vengeance on his wife’s killer, it’s hard to conceive the iconic goth tale as coming off any other way (romantic comedy, anyone?).
While I may be opposed to the notion of rebooting The Crow franchise, my opposition has nothing to do with Tse’s inclusion. I really enjoyed he and David Hayter’s Watchmen and thought the changes they made to the story actually worked better on screen than what the source material may have. In addition to both Watchmen and The Crow, Tse has also penned Ninja Scroll for Warner Bros. and co-wrote/executive produced Spike Lee’s TV movie Sucker Free City which premiered on Showtime back in 2004. Hit the jump to check out the full press release.
Well that was fast. Just a week ago 28 Weeks Later director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was tapped to helm the remake of The Crow for Relativity Media, and now Bradley Cooper is in talks to star. Heat Vision reports that Cooper met with the Spanish director in Spain recently and the two “shared a vision for the character and the film.” This flick is a “re-invention” of the 1994 film based on the James O’Barr comic which tells the story of a rock star who is murdered trying to rescue his fiancée by thugs, only to be resurrected in order to seek revenge.
Production on the film is slated to begin this fall. No screenwriter is mentioned in the report, but it’s assumed that Fresnadillo will be doing at least some script work on the film given his writing background. Cooper has been pulling off the “leading man” thing lately, and was a staple on most recent comic-book movie shortlists (he auditioned for Green Lantern). It looks like the actor may finally have his turn.
28 Weeks Later director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been tapped by Relativity Media to direct a “re-invention” of 1994’s The Crow. Per the release, Fresnadillo is expected to co-write the project’s script with an as-of-yet unnamed scribe. Although casting details announcements are still forthcoming, the release confirms that Fresnadillo’s film will focus on the character Eric Draven and that production is aiming to begin this Fall. In discussing the reboot, producer Edward Pressman says:
“The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience.”
For more on the project, hit the jump to check out the full press release.
Earlier this week, we reported that Mark Wahlberg had been offered the lead role in Stephen Norrington’s remake of The Crow. Comics2Film decided to ask Norrington about the rumor and he responded, “I don’t know about that story but I can tell you I’m no longer involved with The Crow.” Norrington says an unnamed actor got involved and loved Norrington’s take, but then asked for a complete re-write of Norrington and Nick Cave’s script from a new writer. However, Norrington implies that the unnamed actor wasn’t Wahlberg because he goes on to say, “I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach. He’s a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff.”
Norrington, who hasn’t directed a film since the 2003 debacle The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is moving on to another project he’s had in development: The Last Patrol. As we previously reported, the film is “a supernatural action thriller set against the backdrop of World War II.”
I have a tough time envisioning Mark Wahlberg as goth, but he may getting into the white face paint. According to Bloody Disgusting, Wahlberg has been offered the lead in Stephen Norrington’s remake/re-adaptation of The Crow. This was a film I was completely uninterested in until musician/screenwriter Nick Cave (The Proposition) came on board to do a re-write. We don’t know much about the remake other than it will be set in Detroit and follow the same plotline of a man coming back from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée’s murder. However, before Cave came on board, we reported that Norrington’s reboot “will focus more on the mythology of the actual crow as a character with a distinct personality.” The Crow was originally played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film. Other actors to play the role include Vincent Perez, Eric Mabius, and Edward Furlong.
Wahlberg will next be seen in David O. Russell’s The Fighter. He’s also attached to the thriller Contraband, and is considering The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Teddy Bear.