‘The Crow’ Creator James O’Barr Involved With Movie Reboot

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James OBarrs graphic novel The Crow The Crow Creator James OBarr Involved With Movie Reboot

Graphic artist James O’Barr is undoubtedly best known as the creator of The Crow, a series of comic books about a rock and roll star called Eric Draven who is killed along with his fiancée, Shelly, by a gang of street thugs, only to later be resurrected in order to take his revenge. The comic books – and the 1994 film adaptation of them – have become a cult-favorite among fans of horror and the gothic.

The long-planned reboot of the franchise has seen a revolving door of talent, with Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, James McAvoy, Channing Tatum and Alexander Skårsgard all tied at different levels to the leading role, at one point or another (Immortals star Luke Evans is currently signed on to play Eric Draven). Directors Stephen Norrington (Blade) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) were both attached for significant periods of time before the task was finally handed to F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall). That’s to say nothing of the script, which in  years of development hell has undergone multiple permutations from a range of different screenwriters.

The gears on the reboot of The Crow have been grinding slowly, and many fans of the original film have been less than enthusiastic about the prospect of it. All that may change, however, as O’Barr has made a statement to Variety revealing that he will be working on the film as a consultant:

“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.”

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven in The Crow The Crow Creator James OBarr Involved With Movie Reboot

O’Barr’s decision to become involved with the making of The Crow reboot will no doubt give fans slightly more confidence in the film, especially since not everyone responsible for bringing the character to fame has responded so well. Alex Proyas, the director of the 1994 adaptation of The Crow, has shown no interest in being involved with any of the other works based on the graphic novel, and has decried the notion of remaking it as “ridiculous” and “premature,” since he believes The Crow is “Brandon Lee’s movie.” Lee was the actor who originally portrayed Eric Draven in The Crow, and sadly died of a gunshot wound during the making of the film.

There are already a significant number of entries in the Crow franchise, including three sequels to the original film and a television series called The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. It sounds like Relativity Media is planning to turn over a new page and start again with The Crow, rather than trying to emulate any of the previous films, so it will be interesting to see what Gutiérrez and Evans can come up with, now that O’Barr is onboard.

Does this news make you feel a little more enthusiastic about The Crow, or do you agree with Proyas’ argument that it’s still too early for a reboot?


The Crow doesn’t have a release date yet, but it seems to finally be on the move. We’ll keep you posted on any further details.

Source: Variety

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  1. Honestly, as long as it’s given the love and dedication it deserves to create a great story rather than a shameless cash-grab then I’m all for it.

    The only time I would’ve cried foul would be if anyone like Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum or someone not suited to the lead role appeared in it.

    I’d love to see David Patrick Kelly in a cameo role just as a nod to fans of the original movie.

  2. i think thats pretty cool news to me and plus the newier take should be more its own thing as much as luv what brandon lee did with the role but the newier actor taking on the role is really actor and im looking forward to it.

  3. good^*

  4. This is and always will be a terrible idea. This movie should not be made! All it will do is tarnish the original and Brandon Lee’s memory.

    • But people said that about Batman Begins until it proved to be better than Tim Burton’s so maybe this will have the same effect?

      Give it a chance. Maybe it will be even closer to the source material than the Brandon Lee movie was?

      • People didn’t say that about Batman Begins. When that movie was in development, word of mouth was good and the fans were excited to get a new Batman that had nothing to do with the Schumaker films. Maybe The Crow will be closer to the trade but seeing as how they haven’t been able to tell a decent Crow story except for the original, not to mention that very few reboots are as good as the originals, I can’t blame fans for asking “Why?”

        • I’m a fan too and also joined in the naysaying but now I’m starting to think that they seem to be pretty respectful of the source, especially if the creator is on board.

          Also, I heard that about Batman Begins a lot. Maybe that wasn’t the case in America, I dunno.

          • The old adage about lightning not striking twice might apply in an twisted way with doing the Eric Draven Crow story. The original movie is legendary for being marred with tragedy; and the death of Brandon Lee not only added an air of mystique to the film, but made them have to re-work aspects of the movie that may not have worked.

            The lack of success every sequel and other Crow project might a sign that the allure of the original cannot be duplicated. O’Barr had other good Crow stories that were never made into films and the idea that they can somehow make a better and more successful version of the original might make fans skeptical because of the short comings of so many other re-makes.

  5. Well sh*t, I’d heard Tom Hiddleston was signed on to star in this movie and that’s the ONLY reason I was gonna go see it. Now this Luke Evans guy is and most of my zeal about seeing it has just washed down the drain

  6. as long as its good the way the first – and in my opinion, the only one – was and this craptastic film that the sequels tried to be, i’m all game, no matter who the lead role is played by. this can be a great film if done properly. the original was that for its time.

  7. This is great news. I was one of the worried fans that thought this was a horrible idea. But, now I’m looking forward to it. All the sequels didn’t do the original movie any justice….. Maybe even a female crow……………

  8. Maybe O’Barr will make it like his comic and there will be a talking Crow this time around. I look forward with trepidation to see this film.

  9. At least the creator is involved. I have the graphic novel , should probably break it out and read it again.

  10. They really just need to leave this one alone. The original movie was awesome, and doesn’t need some lame remake. As for the sequels, they should just burn those.

  11. The original movie was great but it added a main villain which took away from the original story of the graphic novel. If this film is done well and follows the source material closer it will be great.

  12. just further proof that Hollywood is playing it safe, has run out of ideas and cannot think of anything original. Enough already with all the reboots and remakes.

  13. Good to see O’Barr is interested in the new creation, but I hope if it develops it does not try to duplicate Proyas’s and Brandon’s classic film…nothing can ever be as great…

  14. I like many people feel unconvinced by a remake, for many reasons, but the main being that what made The Crow so special was the tragedy behind it, the fact that Lee’s stand out performance was his last, the soundtrack, the cast, the tone, everything works perfectly, not to mention it has become the holy grail of movies for goths and emo’s the world over!

    Leave it alone please

  15. Guy/girl dies in a tragic event.
    Guy/girl comes back from dead.
    Guy/girl discovers some story twist.
    Guy/girl saves the day.

    “Underworld” did it better.

    • Underworld did it better? Your joking right? Those films are garbage.

    • Don’t even see where the comparisons are coming from, but everyone is entitle to their opinion.

  16. cant get any darker and grittier than the Crow it self

  17. This is and always will be a terrible idea. This movie should not be made! All it will do is tarnish the original and Brandon Lee’s memory.

  18. Best Movie Ever, I’m a big fan of the dark side and this one was done well.