The Crow Creator, James O’Barr, Endorses Remake

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Despite much wailing and complaining from fans, Relativity Media is determined to move forward with their planned reboot of The Crow. The devotion that would-be Goths and comic enthusiasts have for the original film starring Brandon Lee is admirable and warranted, but I think they fail to realize that the character can be anyone, from a murdered musician to a concentration camp victim and that idea opens the character to all sorts of iterations.

For what it is worth, James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, has boarded the project as a consultant on the film. It should, should, mean something when the man behind the character signs off on the film. F. Javier Gutierrez will be directing the film, which Luke Evans will be starring in. O’Barr released a statement that should help put fans’ concerns at ease.

“It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”

The original 1994 film was based on O’Barr’s graphic novel that followed a musician brought back from the dead to avenge the death of his fiancee and himself. Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during filming. The Crow went on to gross over $140 million worldwide. Several sequels were made as well, but they progressively went down hill, with the final film staying in theaters for less than a week and starred Tara Reid and Edward Furlong.

Relativity Media has been activiely pursuing this remake for some time and has wooed such stars as Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Alexander Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Bradley Cooper. This announcement is actually the first time the studio has confirmed the involvement of Luke Evans. The film is expected to begin production early next year.

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Source : Variety