Can we just accept at this point that maybe there shouldn’t a reboot of The Crow? The comic book was previously adapted in 1994, and follows a young rock musician who comes back to avenge his and fiancée’s murder. This requires him to dress like a goth for some reason. The reboot has burned through the following directors: Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and F. Javier Gutierrez; yesterday Corin Hardy stepped into the director’s chair, and we’ll see how long he lasts. As for the lead role, it had Bradley Cooper at one point, but he dropped out, and they courted Channing Tatum, Mark Wahlberg, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, and Alexander Skarsgard before settling on Luke Evans well over a year go.
Except now it looks like Evans may be leaving the project. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking to Den of Geek, Evans sounds like he’s just about done with the movie and looking to move on:
“It’s not, no. No at the minute The Crow is not, not for me, I think it’s a little… I mean I’m sure it’s going to go ahead at some point, but I have other projects that are greenlit and ready to go and projects that I’m very interested in and you know, I can’t wait much longer! [laughs]”
Granted, it may be better to just start over and have Hardy decide who he’d like to play the Crow rather than being saddled with a previous director’s casting choice.
Even if this thing comes together, is there really a demand to see a guy in goth makeup beat up bad guys? It’s possible that the movie’s been stuck in development hell for so long because it can’t get past that hurdle. The Crow came out twenty years ago, and while every studio would love a property they could franchise, it’s clear that this is a tough one, and I can’t help but wonder if it will be worth all the effort should the movie ever come together. Just because the character has come back from the dead, that doesn’t mean his reboot should follow suit.