The Crow has almost become comical in the number of attempts at a reboot. Originally adapted in 1994 by Alex Proyas based off the Jason O’Barr comic book, various studios have tried to get a new version off the ground. The latest iteration has Corin Hardy as the director and Jason Momoa attached to star. Previous helmers included Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and Javier F. Gutierrez while actors like Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, and Luke Evans were attached to play the resurrected crime-fighter over the years.
But now it looks like The Crow might finally have a shot at theaters. Sony has announced that they’ve set the movie for October 11, 2019. That date is already a little crowded with The Crow sharing the weekend with the animated adaptation of The Addams Family, the adaptation of the Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and the drama The Goldfinch.
Of course, given the project’s track record, it’s completely possible The Crow could collapse once again over creative differences, schedule, or any other aspect. Of course, the kicker to all of this is that audiences aren’t exactly craving a new The Crow movie in the first place. He’s a goth character and while superhero movies are in vogue, that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be a hit. However, perhaps this take will be different enough since it’s supposed to draw directly from O’Barr’s comics.
Here’s the synopsis for the 2011 special edition of Jason O’Barr’s The Crow:
When James O’Barr poured the pain and anguish of a personal tragedy into the drawings that comprise The Crow, his intensely cathartic story of Eric—who returns from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée’s murder at the hands of a street gang—resonated with readers around the world. The illustrated tale that became the “thrilling” (Los Angeles Daily News) and “spectacular” (Chicago Tribune) silver screen triumph was then presented in 2011 as an acclaimed expanded edition, reflecting the vision of the author’s original intention, complete at last with thirty pages of additional artwork, an introduction by James O’Barr, and lost sequences restored using the artist’s original technique.