The Crow made his first appearance in the comics in the late ’80s as a creation of James O’Barr. Then, the story of undead vigilante Eric Draven, who is brought back to life by a supernatural crow in order to seek vengeance for the murder of his fiancé, was adapted to film in 1994. Directed by Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt), The Crow has since become a cult favorite and inspired four sequels despite the fact that the movie’s star, Brandon Lee, died during filming.
The last sequel to The Crow was released in 2005 and the property has since been in development for a reboot at Relativity Media, but has hit a number of various roadblocks over the years. Now, The Crow reboot has lost its director — again.
The Wrap is reporting Relativity has parted ways with Corin Hardy (The Hallow), who originally signed on to helm the film in 2014 after The Crow reboot lost its previous director, F. Javier Gutiérrez. As reported earlier, Relativity had planned to move forward with Hardy on board and filming to start in early 2016. According to The Wrap, with Dana Brunetti stepping in to take creative control of Relativity, “thought it best to have him reboot the franchise as he sees fit.”
Currently, The Crow doesn’t have anyone attached to star in the reboot, having lost their last lead when Jack Huston (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) dropped out midway through 2015, prior the production stalling due to Relativity Media’s bankruptcy. Previously, a number of actors had been attached to star in the remake, including Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), and James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse).
The subject of a reboot of The Crow is certainly divisive among fans since it has become such a cult hit, and the film is made more special by the fact that it was Lee’s last role. The reboot also proves to be a divisive topic among those who once had a hand in The Crow’s cross-media history, with Proyas recently stating he feels it is “unnecessary.” The director further said, “it would be nice if Hollywood kind of left it alone and let it remain Brandon Lee’s legacy.”
On the other hand, O’Barr had given the reboot his blessing — though that was only after he had met with then-director Gutierrez — and has since remained positive The Crow would live on in another film. Given all the reboots, revivals, and remakes happening across film and television, it certainly seems O’Barr has a point that The Crow will likely return to film, and it’s just a matter of when and who will do the rebooting. But, with Relativity now without a star and director for The Crow, it remains to be seen when exactly the reboot will happen.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on The Crow as more information becomes available.
Source: The Wrap