‘The Crow’ Reboot Headed Southwest

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 2nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm,

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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.

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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?

Source: MTV via Cinema Blend

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  1. Please say they avoid politics.

  2. I liked the premise for the first film. It wasn’t terrible at all. The other 3 were to be completely honest, a bomb. I saw the second with hesitation, and the 3rd and 4th looked like B flick films.. I’m not sold on the idea of a reboot on this film. Doesn’t Hollywood have anymore NEW ideas for films other than REBOOTING everything under the sun?

  3. Why cant they create a new dark hero instead of making all of these terrible crow sequels?!

    • @ capedcrusader

      Yeah,I’ve been saying that they should do a Grendel movie for a while now.

      There really isn’t any need for a reboot.

  4. OK the first movie was amazing RIP Brandon Lee and the second was OK to but who are they going to find to be a bad ass like this. Cheese why dont they just put Chris Evans in this Damn movie hes already doing Captain America and Torch (sarcasim) but i will like to see who they chose.

  5. Hey how about a remake/reboot of the Guyver while we’re at it.

  6. This whole remake thing is really coming to a head now, remake bad movies all you like, reboot franchises that arent working but I love The Crow, its a classic. It will never be as good as the original so I completely fail to see the point.

    There isnt a single original idea left in Hollywood and this makes me angry.

    Suffice to say, I will not be seeing this.

    • There are plenty of original ideas out there doc, the studios just refuse to take a chance on new material when they can guarantee themselves big numbers by making something with a built in fanbase.

  7. Something tells me that you will see this DrSamBeckett, just for your sake of knowledge.

  8. Loved the original, I will no doubt go and see this… but im wary

    and Chris,
    we always need more “androgynous guys wearing make-up and leather”

    • please don’t construe this as a personal attack [because i want it posted!].. but how wary can someone be and still decide to go buy a ticket to see something they even already admit is a pile of rubbish!?
      It is this attitude of addicted nondiscrimination that enables the pure evil of videodrome-Hollywood to regurgitate rubbish and still make money. For shame!

  9. The original was one of my five favorite movies of all time. I can recite it, I’ve seen it so many times. The other three were travesties.

    They’ll never re-capture the magic of the first. I don’t care who they cast, what the story is, or how radical the CGI is.

  10. The headline of this article should read ‘The Crow’ Reboot Headed South. That’s exactly where it’s going. This gives bad ideas a bad name.

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