’28 Weeks Later’ Director Could Helm ‘The Crow’ Reboot

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:35 am,

It’s been several months since Stephen Norrington quit Relativity Media’s in-development reboot of The Crow, and the pic has yet to snag another director to fill his place. Now there’s potentially a new man to handle the job, in the form of 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

Fresnadillo is currently completing post-production duties on his new horror-thriller Intruders and has already met with Relativity executives to discuss the possibility of him bringing the gothic vigilante Eric Draven back to the big screen for a new generation.

Although Mark Wahlberg implied that his not being involved with The Crow reboot was essentially a done deal, BD Horror News says that their insiders are still emphasizing his having been “offered the lead” in the movie. Wahlberg recently indicated that he’s a lock to star in Uncharted in the near future, so this could mean that Relativity simply doesn’t have another high-profile actor in mind yet. That will undoubtedly change sooner than later, but for now the lead role is apparently up for grabs.

Fresnadillo has directed a couple of shorts and the dramatic thriller Intact prior to his helming 28 Weeks Later, but it was the sequel to Danny Boyle’s sci-fi/pseudo-zombie thriller, 28 Days Later, that really put the former’s name on the map. While most fans don’t rank 28 Weeks above 28 Days, it is one of the better-received horror sequels out there – enough so as to keep hopes for 28 Months Later alive and thriving.

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James O’ Barr’s comic book, The Crow was published in 1989 and eventually inspired a cinematic adaptation by director Alex Proyas in 1994. Despite star Brandon Lee’s accidental death due to a malfunctioning prop gun during the filming process, Proyas’ movie went on to become a critical and commercial success, and spawned a strong cult following that resulted in the development of three sequels and a spin-off television series.

Norrington reportedly wanted to take a grittier approach to this tale of a man killed and resurrected as a vengeance-seeking warrior, but claims to have clashed with an actor cast in the film (not Wahlberg, it seems) over Nick Cave’s rewrite of the script. Regardless of whether it’s Fresnadillo or another director who eventually signs on as Norrington’s replacement, look for them to also favor a grittier take on the material – if only because “gritty” has seemingly become the rage for all upcoming comic book movie reboots.

Would you like to see Fresnadillo helm The Crow?

Source: BD Horror News

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  1. NO ONE WANTS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! SPEND THE MONEY ON SOMETHING ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    • word.

  2. The idea of having the same director as the ’28 Days Later’ series may or may not work in some ways. As it is, those particular serioes of films did somewhat well at the theaters but not overly great. ‘The Crow’, by far, is a very unique series that will require a lot of special attention to make sure that it stays within the mystery or mystique of the original story. The most that I can say about this is basically ‘wait and see’.

  3. “While most fans don’t rank 28 Weeks above 28 Days…” AS A FAN of BOTH “28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER” FLICKS….I have to say that as far as DVD/BLU-RAY(whatever format)REPEAT VIEWING is CONCERNED, I’VE WATCHED “WEEKS”….waaaaay more than “DAYS”…and after DANNY BOYLE’S success with “SLUMDOG” and “127 HRS.”…..HE SHOULD POP ANOTHER “28(insert amount of time here)LATER”..FLICK. He better.

  4. The actors better check all the guns on set before using them. The studio might be cutting corners and end up, oops, killing the star. :)

  5. Grittier??? Seriously they used the term Grittier. How much grittier can killing the boyfriend and throwing his body out a window and repeatedly raping the girl friend who later dies in the hospital not be considered gritty? Then when the boyfriend comes back to life he stacks up the bodies of all involved before returning to the grave. Nah I don’t see any grit there.

    Someone needs to smack that catch phrase out of every person in Hollywood’s mouth.

  6. I loved 28 weeks later and as someone else said above, I’ve watched it way more than 28 days later.

    Also, is Wahlberg on a mission to ruin franchises? He ruined Max Payne, will ruin Uncharted and if he’s anywhere near Crow remake I’ll go into full on nerd rage. For every good movie Wahlberg does, he has to pull something like this. Just stay away from roles that don’t suit you!!!

  7. the studios can do what they want but the original is in no need of reboot or remake, The movie is great and has stood up well against time and doesnt feel dated in the least. If the studios do do a new Crow movie , it should stay away from Eric Draven’s character and focus on another tale, of course we have all seen where that has lead, so good luck with that

  8. . . . I’d rather see a 28 Months Later (seriously, I want it to happen).

  9. Every time I hear about another reboot I imagine a group of executives sitting in a room with cold sweats and the shakes dying for their next fix. It’s like they can’t stop themselves or something. I’m really starting to hate Hollywood and America for that matter.

  10. the crow is one of my favorite movies. leave it alone hollywood.

  11. When things like this get put on the table as possibilities I have to wonder how long it will take for them to “reboot” other recent classics like maybe Blade Runner! (they didn’t do a trilogy originally so……)

    Is it too early to be thinking about a LotR remake???!

  12. Have a bit of respect Michael

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