The Crow reboot has been all over the place, and even though a new director was found in December (Corin Hardy, The Hallow) and production was rumoured to begin this Spring, a new update from Luke Evans has put yet another downer on things.
Evans is set to play Eric Draven, the role which Brandon Lee played to perfectly before his untimely death on the set of Alex Proyas’ The Crow in 1994. Evans revealed last month that he is getting impatient with how long the reboot is taking to come together, and in yet another statement he reveals he probably won’t be able to commit to the film for at least another year.
Speaking with HitFix, Evans said:
“Right now I’m not sure where it is, I don’t know what’s happening with it. I think it’s a question probably to ask [distributor] Relativity…they’re the ones who are really holding the strings to this story and this character. But yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna be something I’m gonna be doing for awhile. I’ve got about four or five different projects which I’m lining up for this year, which will take up the majority of my 12 months. So not in the near future, unfortunately.”
You can feel his frustration, but he did then speak about how different the new version could be, if it ever actually gets made:
“It’ll be a different concept, a different director, a different script, and who knows where it will go? I mean, when I was in conversations with everybody it was about being as honorable to the book and loyal to the book as possible. And that meant it would be a very different film to the one that was made with Brandon Lee. Which was a good thing in a way. I mean, it wasn’t that we were trying to replicate something. It was, we were gonna go back to the book and be as completely truthful as possible. But who knows where it’ll go? And who knows whether I’ll be playing it or somebody else.”
It’s just all one big mess right now.
In November Korsgaards Commentary spoke with The Crow writer James 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.