’28 Weeks Later’ Director Departs ‘The Crow’ Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Things have been quite rough for Relativity Media’s The Crow reboot. First, onetime helmer Stephen Norrington abandoned the project – followed by prospective star Mark Wahlberg‘s confirmation that he would not portray the new incarnation of (formerly deceased) rock musician, Eric Draven.

Fellow prospective leading man Bradley Cooper dropped the Crow reboot a few months back, reportedly due to a scheduling conflict with the Paradise Lost adaptation from filmmaker Alex Proyas (helmer of the original 1994 Crow movie, ironically enough) – and it looks like the comic book project is also without a director once more.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo signed on to call the shots on the new Crow flick earlier this year, but Twitch is now reporting that he too has left the project. The filmmaker (who is best known for directing 28 Weeks Later) was officially brought on to helm another reboot of a cult franchise, Highlander, about a month ago. Given that the latter appears to be steadily making its way along the production pipeline, it’s possible that Fresnadillo decided to focus solely on that flick and abandon his plans of also tackling The Crow.

Screenwriter Alex Tse is seemingly the only creative talent still currently attached to the Crow reboot – a project that studio heads have (in now customary fashion) been talking up as being a darker and grittier take on Draven’s beyond-the-grave quest for vengeance than Proyas’ original cult classic, any of its largely-despised feature-length spinoffs (City of Angels, Salvation, and Wicked Prayer), or even the 1998 TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.

Proyas’ original Crow film adaptation remains generally loved (or, at the least, admired) for its unique mix of grungy Gothic visuals with supernatural fantasy elements, an engaging Noir-style storyline, Brandon Lee’s ominous lead performance, and a rockin’ soundtrack that included contributions by groups like Violent Femmes or Nine Inch Nails, among others.

That’s all to say: many Crow fans – or film buffs who enjoyed Proyas’ adaptation – probably aren’t too concerned about the reboot ever being able to move past the pre-production stage of development.

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Brandon Lee as Eric Draven

Nonetheless, the Crow reboot – for better or worse – remains alive, despite having suffered yet another (creative) blow. Former directorial candidate F. Javier Gutiérrez is already said to possibly be back in the running to helm the project, while rumors persist about who might up to headline the film – with candidates ranging from Ryan Gosling (Drive) to Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). So stay tuned for more…


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The Crow as more information is released.

Source: Twitch

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  1. Has Fate finally become so offended by terrible remakes and reboots that it ACTUALLY intervened and is trying to shut this down? OH I HOPE YES…. Seriously, this movie doesn’t need a “reboot”… Leave well enough alone and try the crazy idea of developing NEW and ORIGINAL film ideas

    • i could not agree more, theirs definitely something NOT wanting this movie made (again) get the hint Hollywood FFS if they do another movie they should do The Crow: Flesh and Blood about a women federal conservation officer that gets blown up by a ragged band of right-wing terrorists but she was pregnant ok sound abit like kill bill but its sound better than a rehash of my fav movie of all time

      • Dead Time was another story O’Barr did about the Crow character hunting down the reincarnated souls of some soldiers who killed him in Western times. I never understood why the movie sequels went all over the road like they did story-wise.

        I doubt they will be able to ever re-capture the mood of the first film, which had to be re-worked greatly due to Brandon Lee’s death. If they want to re-visit the concept with some of the other ideas that are out there, maybe they could actually create something new that would stand on it’s own.

    • maybe they should remaster it add some new fotage and re-release itas an aniversary in honnor of Brandon, so that a new generation can expirience the movie on the big screen.

  2. Why must hollywood bastardise the films I love with shoddy remakes? I for one, will not be seing this, no matter who directs or stars. Some films should be left as they are

  3. Maybe we’ll get lucky and this will NEVER happen.

  4. What the #$@k is up with all the reboots and remakes? Can’t anyone come up with something original?
    A remake of Footloose??? Really??? Footloose???
    Red dawn, nightmare on elm st, Friday the 13th, for crying out loud leave the 80′s alone!!

  5. “The Crow” is like “Superman”. When dealing with both franchises, you cannot write an unpredictable plot. Second, “The Crow” is a reboot. You already know what happens. Regardless about how they switch things around, the Crow gets his revenge at the end. It doesn’t matter if there are slightly different twists. We learned this from the several failed sequels the original movie spawned.

    (1) Family/Spouse/Fiancee gets killed.
    (2) One of the family members/spouses/lovers survives to get revenge.
    (3) Bad guys robs, cheats, and kills the innocent.
    (4) Money is involved somewhere.
    (5) Crow uses lousy poetic one liners while seeking the killers.
    (6) Everyone for the main bad guy gets killed, for he tricks the Crow in some manner.
    (7) Main bad guy reveals himself, and the Crow gets his revenge.
    (8) Crow says cheesy goodbyes, and then goes off to die.

    If they turn this into a trilogy, just stretch the above outline out for three movies. Every single Crow movie follows that outline.

    Wait…Wait… James O’Barr has to do an interview crying, for his fiancee’s life was ended in a tragedy.

    • Fixed::
      (6) Everyone except for the main bad guy gets killed, for he tricks the Crow in some manner.

  6. To be all honest… “The Crow” was good for its time. If someone rebooted or added a sequel, the movie would not be profitable. During the past seventeen years, newer and better concepts have been done.

  7. Just do another Crow movie,no reboots necessary,as Marcus above said they all follow a certain concept.Just make an entertaining movie,I liked all four Crow movies even the low budget straight to dvd one had it’s moments.

  8. Fantastic news! Brandon Lee is smiling somewhere from beyond the grave………….or is actually causing all this bad fortune? Either way I hope this is just canned.

    • The Crow gets his vengeance from beyond the grave and is saying YES!!! leave this alone.


  10. I will only watch this if it is an action comedy featuring Russell Brand as lead and directed by David Gordon Green or Jody Hill.

    • I’d like a movie co-directed by Uwe Boll and Joel Schumacher, with the Crow wearing a nipple-ized suit.

  11. This is good news.Another movie that needs to be left alone is having a hard time getting made.Now if only the production of Akira can fall apart then we will finally be getting somewhere.

  12. There are some movies that cant be remake, this is one of them. I cant imagine no one portraying Eric Draven absolutely no one.