‘The Crow’ Reboot Snags New Director and Writer

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:51 am,

As predicted in our pre-year report on upcoming reboots and remakes, The Crow reboot – which has been through more ups and downs than a carousel horse – is raising itself from death similar to its titular vengeful spirit. No sooner than we heard that Relativity Media and the Weinstein Company’s lawsuit over the film was settled, comes word that a new director has been (re-)attached to the project, in the form of F. Javier Gutiérrez, best known for the Spanish Apocalyptic drama, Before the Fall.

There are also reports that The Crow is close to snagging writer Jesse Wigutow, who is a relatively untested but fast-rising Hollywood scribe, with projects-in-the-works that include a Steve McQueen biopic and a remake of the spy-thriller The Osterman Weekend, which is based on the novel by Robert Ludlum (writer of the Jason Bourne books).

Gutiérrez will replace 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who was himself a replacement for Blade director Stephen Norrington. Not so coincidentally,  Gutiérrez was in talks for The Crow director’s chair a year ago, so clearly Relativity Media came calling quick, once Fresnadillo split. With the legal woes now done, Gutiérrez should be on solid ground to get the ball rolling.

Wigutow will be taking on a script that has passed through many hands in the last few years, including Norrington, The Wettest County writer Nick Cave, and Watchmen writer Alex Tse. It has not yet been confirmed if the script will be totally re-written – but at this point, it might just be the best idea: fresh start.

The next big job to tackle, of course, is the casting of The Crow himself. Norrington had Mark Wahlberg attached to star, and for awhile it looked like Fresnadillo had Bradley Cooper in the lead (see the concept art of Cooper as the The Crow for a taste of what might have been).

Will Wahlberg circle back to the project? Or will another leading man team with Gutiérrez to revisit the tale of the dead man who came back for vengeance? At the rate that things are developing, we’ll probably find out soon enough.

The Crow reboot is scheduled for release sometime in 2013.

Source:  Variety

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  1. Just let it die, Hollywood. Nothing will beat Lee/Proyas.

    • Why can’t Hollywood leave the classics alone? Why make cheap ass remakes? Doesn’t Hollywood have any imagination any more?

  2. If anything Joseph Gordon-Levitt should play The Crow.

    • yess!

    • Taylor Kitsch Would also be amazing given that the script is decent

  3. Actually, while it isn’t an option now I think Heath Ledger would’ve been great.

  4. This one just needs to be left alone. They cannot do justice to this movie. They cannot make it better, they will only #@%& it up. PERIOD. Just leave it be Hollywood, don’t cannabalize The Crow.

  5. I say remake the hell out of it, it will always be compared to the original, thus, ensuring it will be a commercial failure. its up to us the viewer how well this film will do in the box office. I will say this, both Cooper and Walburg are terrible choices for this film. They need to get a young up and coming actor just like they did for the original. Someone with some actual range, that can show emotion.

  6. Come on Hollywood come up with some fresh ideas and leave this classic alone this was Brandon Lee’s final performance that alone is enough to decline ever trying to reboot the original.

  7. I say they should remake The Wraith, an old Charlie Sheen movie. forget the Crow. they will never get it right. Although Del Torro might be able to pull it off. I dont see anyone else coming close.

  8. Relatively unknown director and writer, remake/re-boot of a movie many people don’t feel strongly about. This sounds like it’s going to be a re-boot of City of Angels and not the first one…..

  9. I’m glad this franchise is being brought back to life. Maybe this time, we’ll actually get an entire series of films to be excited for instead of one classic followed by straight-to-video garbage. I’d like to see a female Crow character like Missy Peregrym or Zoe Kravitz, but if they stick with the traditional male character, I’d prefer a lesser-known actor like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hunter Parish, or Oscar Isaac in the lead role and then surround the lead with big names in the villain roles. Walberg would be a good cop character like Ernie Hudson in the original.

    • Never understood why they didn’t do any of the authors other stories, unless it was just because they didn’t want to pay him. There did seem to be some understanding that due to the nature of the source material and the unfortunate death of Brandon Lee, that the sequels didn’t need to have anything to do with the original film. Too bad it also seemed to make them forget about doing a good film in the same spirit of the original.

      If the studios and writers are so hell bent on doing another Crow movie, they should at least have the balls to try and create something new. The original movie was completed under bad circumstances (there was another death on the set of the movie besides Lee), and managed to be a good, well received movie.

  10. Unknown Director and writer as Slayer mentioned, doesn’t sound great thus far. If it does get Walberg, at least that can help, though Tony’s idea of Joseph Gordon-Levitt sounds awesome.

    • Marky-Mark would help? I think NOT!

  11. This has the foreshadowing of an epic, epic failure.

    I mean, director changes multiple times? Check
    Writer changes? Check
    Legal Woes? Check
    Fanboy Irritation? Check

  12. It’s bad enough that they’re trying to remake the Crow, but The Osterman Weekend too? Say it ain’t so! Please NO, Hollywood!

  13. I hate remakes and I haven’t watched The Crow but the film has become a classic and has so much fans of the film and Bradon.

    It is sad what happened to Bradon, it would had become a great actor if he hadn’t died.

    I think Heath Ledger would had make a great Crow.

    Please no, I hope the director doesn’t cast Channing Tatum and Mark Wlalhberg as The Crow if the remake goes foward.

    Cast a actor who feels the role and does his own thing.

  14. This is a bad idea. Brandon Lee is the Crow. It was a solid movie and timeless in its own right. This movie may capture a new audience but fans of the original will look over this.

  15. Good one, Alpine, well said.

    If this remake happens, it will find a new audience but fans of the original movie will watch over it and maybe hope this remake doesn’t take a fun out of the movie.

  16. Although I think a remake is a mistake I am a little curious as to how dark they can take this. In the original the idea was to make it even darker but with Lee’s horrific death it did change the whole outcome of the way the movie was finished something even director Alex Proyas has acknowledged. This would be my only curiosity but there is no way it would be better than the original. Brandon Lee made this movie a classic and will forever be remembered as “The Crow”

  17. If they’re going to do a remake, do a remake that stays 100% faithful to O’Barr’s original story.

    The original movie was great, and reasonably close. But it took license with the ending where it didn’t have to, turning a very confrontation with the actual author of his and his fiancee’s deaths on a lonely road into a hyperdramatic showdown on a church roof with a scheming drug-slinging real-estate developer.

    The point was lost in the drive to make a spectacle. Eric’s death wasn’t a spectacle. It was a senseless act of senselessly violent people, and the beauty of the book’s ending is that the person responsible was brought back to the exact same spot, and died the same cruel, slow, and unheralded death.

    Everything about the book emphasized Eric’s loss, his slow descent into insanity as every kill only reminds him more of what he lost and does nothing to alleviate the pain. The movie touched on this, but not enough.

    If they remake it, I hope they fix that.

    • “very PERSONAL confrontation”

      Proofreading is my friend.

    • honestly I felt that ever since a maid City of Angels but I wasn’t sure if I was to say this online because of hate mail and threats to my life LOL!

    • rewind the clocks back about 5 years ago win the series was finally pronounced apparently dead.I think Johnny Depp could have done this role as beautiful as he does every other movie he’s been in.but I do love Marky Mark but also I really don’t want to see him play as the crow I don’t think it would be very entertaining or even amount anywhere near or half near to the original.but I was only a little kid when this movie came out and I had no idea about it so I’d love to be able to see a new 1 in front of me in the big screen good luck to directors an actor’s!

  18. Think Aidan Turner (John Mitchell,Being Human Uk.) I know he’s busy with the Hobbit, but he could pull it off. Plus no one’s hotter.

  19. I want Mark Wahlberg to play the Crow in the reboot movie

  20. I think you guys need sum better choices like Alex Pettyfer as Eric Draven or Penn Badgvley and as to play as Shelly The only two actresses I can see are Emily Blunt or Natalie Dormer they have some good acting skills and personally I would choose Penn or Alex to play eric draven

  21. As a longtime fan of The Crow, it would be interesting to see a full remake of the original film. As good as it was, it strayed from the James O’Barrs work so far, that you barely had any idea where the story took place. The names of the characters were all there, but the placement of them, and their roles in the story were completely wrong. The only person they really correctly portrayed was Gideon. They left out the Skull Cowboy, and they were killed in the wrong place entirely. I say let them do it just as long as the storyboard follows the graphic novel.

  22. dont u dare make a other crow brandon lee did the first crow and nothing will change that dont u think u done enough remakes i for one is sick to death of it i will not be watching it or buying it brandon lee all the way u dishonor him and his film and his mermory how could u hope the film is s***

  23. Tom Hiddleston all the way.

  24. Seriously. Show some respect and let Brandon Lee’s final film rest with some dignity. There is no need to re-boot that film. DO another Crow story. You know it will never make as much money as the original story, though.

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