Just last week the what appears to be forever doomed reboot of The Crow lost yet another director, then found another. F. Javier Gutiérrez had been attached for some time, but left the project last week to go and direct the next installment of The Ring franchise. He has now been replaced with Corin Hardy (The Hallow), and while production is rumoured to begin next Spring, some more potential bad news has been discovered.
The Crow reboot has already lost a number of actors all ready to fill the shoes of the late Brandon Lee as Eric Draven. Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg have all left the project, which never seems to actually get going, and now with writer James O’Barr confident that filming will begin next Spring, Luke Evans has talked about leaving!
Speaking with Den of Geek, Evans revealed he is getting frustratingly impatient, and that he already has a number of other projects lined up. When asked whether The Crow was any nearer to actually happening, Evans responded with a clearly upset and fed up answer:
“It’s not no,” said Evans. “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!”
Clearly Evans is on the brink of walking off the project too, so that leaves the reboot once again with some problems. Maybe they should just call it a day and forget about it, the original Alex Proyas directed film is superb, and has a huge cult following, with many saying a reboot is unnecessary anyway.
Last month Korsgaards Commentary spoke with O’Barr:
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…”
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.