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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A reboot of The Crow has been stuck in development hell for years. Back in 2010, Stephen Norrington (Blade) was attached and Mark Wahlberg was offered the lead. The package fell apart, and then in 2011, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) got in the director’s chair with Bradley Cooper in negotiations to star. Six months after coming on board, the film still didn’t have a lead, and Fresnadillo dropped out. Then there was a lawsuit between Relativity and The Weinsteins, which was settled last January. Soon after, F. Javier Gutierrez came on board to direct with Jesse Wigutow penning the script.
Bloody Disgusting doesn’t say if McAvoy is in talks or if he’s just eyeing the project. He’s about to start filming on X-Men: Days of Future Past, so there may be a scheduling conflict, although Gutierrez has been attached for over a year, so it doesn’t look like there’s a great sense of urgency on getting The Crow in front of cameras.