Director Stephen Norrington’s reboot of The Crow has been making headlines for a couple of years now and despite reservations from the franchise’s fan base, it continues to gain momentum. Although its proposed summer start date came and went, the film has made a great deal of progress over the last few months.

Not only did we learn that Nick Cave would be rewriting Norrington’s script, but that an offer was about to go out to a “major star” for the lead role. Like many fans, I’ve waited apprehensively for news on that decision as it’s probably the most controversial and crucial aspect of this reboot.

Brandon Lee’s performance in the 1994 film isn’t just incredible – it’s also impossibly intertwined with the real-life tragedy that took place behind-the-scenes. That’s why fan outrage for a reboot of The Crow goes beyond mild annoyance. There are many who feel that the original film is in many ways Lee’s legacy and that the very notion of another actor playing Eric Draven is disrespectful.

I don’t know if I would take it that far, but the fact remains – Lee left some pretty big shoes to fill. Don’t believe me? Ask a Crow fan how they feel about the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which featured Marc Dacascos as Draven.

So Norrington and Co.’s  choice really has the power to make or break an audience’s perception of this project. Which is why I was hoping for something so much more promising than this. According to Bloody Disgusting, the role of Eric Draven in The Crow reboot has been offered to Mark Wahlberg.

I have nothing against Wahlberg as an actor. I know he takes a lot of criticism, but when he works with the right directors the results are phenomenal. Still, I’m having an incredibly difficult time imagining him in this part. It’s not just my adoration for Lee’s performance, either. From the moment I heard they were planning to reboot The Crow, the only thing I was able to take comfort in was that it didn’t sound like a remake of the 1994 movie so much as a different adaptation of the source material.

James O’ Barr’s graphic novel is an emotional gut punch brimming with rock n’ roll attitude and iconic imagery – it’s also considerably different from Alex Proyas’ film. So even if I ignore the previous movie and focus exclusively on the comic, Wahlberg still seems like the wrong choice.

There’s an aspect of the Draven character that’s distinctly feminine – and I’m not just talking about his appearance. It’s in his movement and personality as well. That’s not something I can see Wahlberg pulling off.

Norrington has never made a great film, but he always struck me as a director who just hadn’t found the right material to work with yet. I thought at the very least he would deliver something completely different than Proyas’ version. I was also very receptive to the idea of Nick Cave being brought on board as I was a big fan of his script for The Proposition.

Hearing this news, though? All the good will I’d managed to build up towards The Crow reboot just evaporated.

However, the key word here is “offered.” Wahlberg hasn’t accepted yet, and with any luck he won’t. How do you feel about Mark Wahlberg potentially starring in The Crow? Who would you cast in the role?

Source: Bloody Disgusting.