The Crow reboot is still moving forward and producer Edward Pressman (who also produced the first four Crow movies) recently chatted with MTV about the project.
From the beginning we’ve heard that the approach they’re taking with The Crow reboot is going to diverge significantly from the style of the original film. Supporting that intention is Pressman’s description of the film’s setting:
“The setting is the southwest- the Mexico/Arizona- area- and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that…There are two locations that the film is set. Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern American, and then back.”
Pressman also indicates that they expect to begin shooting very soon and than an offer is out to a “major star” for the lead role.
I’m not crazy about a remake of The Crow because that’s essentially what all three sequels were. The problem with the franchise wasn’t that they ran out of ideas, it’s that they kept using the same one over and over and over.
The original films established a mythology that suggested The Crow can bring back any soul to “set the wrong things right”. This offers an enormous amount of potential when it comes to the setting of the stories: the wild west, the civil war, the medieval era, a Blade Runner-style future, etc.). It also gave them great freedom to have a unique and compelling protagonist with each new film. Instead, they simply did superficial and very minor alterations to the same basic template. We don’t need another androgynous guy wearing make-up and leather.
While it’s refreshing to hear that this doesn’t sound like a beat-for-beat revisiting of the first film, I can’t help but feel they’ve misunderstood the problems that led to the series becoming a parody of itself. Stephen Norrington, the director of the reboot, definitely has a distinctive and imaginative vision, but these films were never missing a visual panache.
The graphic novel that the first movie was based on is also wildly different in many respects to its celluloid counterparts, so it’s possible that they’re lifting some of those elements to help further separate the remake from past entries. Still, I can’t help but feel this whole project is terribly unnecessary.
What do you guys think? How do you feel about the change of setting and the reboot in general?