The Crow Creator James O’Barr Talks More on the Planned Reboot
After several years of false starts, many actors and a director or two, the planned reboot of The Crow is finally gaining some traction and looks to be headed into production in the coming months. F. Javier Gutiérrez will be taking the helm on this project, making his English language debut with the film, coming off his acclaimed Before the Fall. A few months ago, we earned that Luke Evans, who we most recently saw in Fast & Furious 6, will fill the role of Eric Draven. And, to top it all off, the project got a huge boost, especially in the eyes of fans, when the creator of The Crow, James O’Barr, gave his blessing on the film and signed on as a creative consultant. Things seem to be looking up!
O’Barr recently chatted with TotalFilm about the project and why he signed off on the film. The entire interview can be found in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine, but the site posted a blurb from the interview that gives us a bit of perspective on why he hopped on board. O’Barr is pretty high on Gutiérrez and it was actually his vision that sold him.
“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters. He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”
It was this concept that helped make Sin City and Watchmen a favorite among fans. The faithfulness to the comics and their style is unprecedented and it paid off. O’Barr was also asked about his thoughts on the newly acquired star Luke Evans, and like the director, O’Barr liked what he saw.
“The producers showed me some shots of [Luke Evans] in the make-up and the tragedy really shows on his face, especially his eyes. He has a really commanding screen presence.”
Evans isn’t a huge star by any means, but he can certainly keep your attention while he’s on screen. He’s got an impressive resume and I think he’s a good fit for the role. But I’ll be honest, it won’t be easy to take on a role that the late Brandon Lee owned 20 years ago. However, of all the actors that were rumored for the role or actually attached to the role- Mark Wahlberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Bradley Cooper, among others- I think Evans was the best choice. We’ll find out when the film hits theaters. Luke Evans can next be seen in Peter Jackson’s second installment in The Hobbit trilogy later this year.
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