James O’Barr talks ‘The Crow’ remake, says will be like Taxi Driver or a John Woo film





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The Crow remake has been on and off for years, but an announcement last week that production was set to begin some time next year has confirmed that the remake is still happening. The writer of the comic book series, James O’Barr, has been discussing the new version with Korsgaards Commentary, and he is very excited about what director F. Javier Gutierrez will do with the new version, which will star Luke Evans as Eric Draven.

O’Barr is creative consultant on the new version, and he had a lot to say about the plans in place for the new version, which will be a page for page likeness of the comic book. He also explains that this will NOT be a remake of Alex Proyas’ classic 1994 film which starred the late Brandon Lee:

I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation.’ That’s what changed by mind, that it’s not a remake of the original film, or cashing in on the cult status of Brandon Lee, it’s that Guiterrez wants to go back to the source material, which if you’ve read the book and seen the film, while the movie has the right feel and the right flavor of the book, probably only 40% of the book made it into the movie”

He continued: “That got me intrigued – the idea of adapting it from page 1 and going from there, including a lot of the darker or stranger elements of the comic dropped from the original film”

Continuing on about how the new version will differ from the original film, O’Barr continued:

My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula, and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories…”

He then moved on to talk about his friend Brandon Lee, and how his character Eric Draven was created for the film slightly different from the comics, and that the new version is in no way meant to tarnish Lee’s stunning portrayal of Draven:

Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy. Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.”

He also confirmed that he has seen Luke Evans in the makeup, and that “he looks great“.

O’Barr then discussed how he came to be creative consultant on the film:

“So after this, Javier, Luke and I went to the studio and said we won’t do this unless all three of us do it together. I said if you want me involved, this is what I need, I want control of the soundtrack, like with the first one, I want a voice on all the casting, and I want to be able to give my two cents on the script and the characters, and they agreed to everything”

And finally discussed the music for the new film, of which he will play a big part:

“So after this, Javier, Luke and I went to the studio and said we won’t do this unless all three of us do it together. I said if you want me involved, this is what I need, I want control of the soundtrack, like with the first one, I want a voice on all the casting, and I want to be able to give my two cents on the script and the characters, and they agreed to everything”

It should also be noted at this point that Evans is yet to be confirmed for the role of Eric Draven.

Here is the synopsis for the original film:

A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.

Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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