James McAvoy Circling ‘The Crow’ Reboot?

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Relativity’s The Crow reboot has been stop-and-go, in terms of progress over the years. First, Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) passed on directing, prompting Mark Wahlberg to skip on playing Eric Draven.

Then Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) assumed the helm, quickly lining up Bradley Cooper to star. Their now-abandoned version progressed to the concept art stage, as evidenced by illustrations showing Cooper as a vengeful Goth rocker back from the grave. However, a dispute over distribution rights between Relativity and the Weinstein Company held up development for nearly a year before it was settled, resulting in both Fresnadillo and Cooper moving on.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the X-Men movies’ young Professor X, James McAvoy is currently eying the Crow franchise do-over, setting him up for the role that Brandon Lee tragically died playing in Alex Proyas’ cult film (which is based on the comic book by James O’Barr). It’s worth mentioning this scoop comes from the same source who broke the Wahlberg story, which was initially received with much skepticism before it was confirmed by the actor. That’s to say, this could also very well be legit.

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F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) is currently directing, with the script getting a rewrite from Jesse Wigutow (who is also working on the TRON: Legacy sequel). Both are lesser-knowns, meaning the end result could be one of two scenarios:

  1. The pair rejuvenates the Crow franchise – following a collection of lackluster sequels and a short-lived television show – and thus, in the process, make a name for themselves much like Proyas did with his adaptation in 1994.
  2. Everyone crying foul about this particular reboot will be vindicated, as the movie fails to match Proyas’ emotionally heavy and darkly stylish rendition.

McAvoy, for his part, is working at the top of his game, but has yet to participate in a franchise where he’s the main attraction. That’s not going to change with X-Men: Days of Future Past and the developing followup Wanted 2 may be pushing him out of the spotlight, so the actor headlining The Crow reboot shouldn’t result in too many complaints about him being over-exposed.

For my money: McAvoy seems a good choice to assign the task of pulling off both Eric as a sensitive musician and vengeful specter. At the least, I can see people having an easier time getting behind his casting than Ryan Reynolds starring in the Highlander reboot (which is a project in almost an identical position as The Crow, when you think about it).

More on The Crow reboot as the story develops.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. why does the crow need to be rebooted? damn you hollywood!

    • Are you equally opposed to Batman being rebooted?

      • yeah, unless i can reboot it my way

        • And what is your way, o Master of all that is good movies.

          • I would do Batman Beyond.

  2. Goddammit McAvoy. He could do much better than this crap (I loved the original Crow BTW)

  3. He shouldn’t do it,he is better then this then doing a cheap reboot like this !

    • I wish people would learn the f***ing difference between “then” and “than.”

      • if you are a native speaker you might know better ! I am just a stupid non native speaker !

        Cheers :)

  4. I agree, he’s too good of an actor to do this. But then again, maybe if he does it, it will be REAL good. I’ll be po’d if he has the same fate as Brandon Lee though, RIP.

  5. Although I don’t want this movie to be “rebooted” I would enjoy seeing McAvoy as Eric Draven rather than Cooper.

  6. The Crow does not need a reboot, you see all the reboots now and they all suck, The Crow was a visual masterpiece, no one can replace Brandon Lee, HOLLYWOOD STOP REMAKING MOVIES.

  7. Another reboot?
    Oh please anough!

    New idea, new script… why Hollywood doesn’t understand

  8. I dont want to come off as a jerk but I think James Mcavoy is a good actor but he’s just too short to be in certain lead roles.

  9. I don’t really like this for a few reasons.

    The Crow doesn’t strike me as something that could be topped (although I’m a fan of the first movie so clearly there’s some bias on my part there). Of course, all great ideas should be done again if there’s a chance to give it to a brand new audience or a fresh approach.

    I’ve seen McAvoy in a few movies and honestly, he hasn’t impressed me at all as an actor (then again, look at Brandon Lee’s first few movies, especially that one with Dolph Lundgren, he wasn’t very good in those movies either although scripting also played a part there).

    I dunno, with Wanted, the only thing worth watching in that movie was Angelina Jolie and with X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender was the sole highlight in an otherwise “ok” movie (ok as in, I’d watch it again but only if there’s nothing else on and pretty much as background noise while I try and do something else, very forgettable movie).

    • Your words are entirely opinion based (your sole opinion I’d like to put it), because your views on McAvoy, First Class, and Wanted are different than what the majority says.

      • Well clearly and I wouldn’t have disputed that. Therefore, I see no need for your response to point out that obvious fact other than to possibly feel good about yourself for attempting to tell someone they are wrong when they can’t be if it’s not against the law to have a differing opinion.

        Anyway, I’d never go with a “majority rule” thing because honestly, the majority went to see Meet The Spartans and made it millions at the box office and that was a terrible abortion of a movie so maybe the majority aren’t right all the time, eh?

  10. The original Crow was something that came about due in part to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the film. The actual script and cut of the movie had a lot of different things in them and the death of Brandon Lee had a great deal to do with the creative tone and direction the film ended up taking.

    Rebooting, rehashing or trying to re-do the Eric Draven version of the film might just end up sinking like many of the other attempts at reboots lately. As for McAvoy, he’s a good actor but I don’t see him in this type of role at all.

  11. No.
    Not neccesarily to McAvoy, but this whole reboot. Some movies just should not be touched. Why not just make another sequel?

  12. I enjoyed the first Crow movie but it is very overrated, James Mcavoy can do a lot better then this i hope he passes.

  13. They should cast the wrestler STING for the part! He already looks like The Crow & the movie shouldn’t require much acting skills anyway.

    • Please, tell me you’re not being serious…?

  14. The Crow should be left well alone, its one of THE best comic book movies ever made! its a masterpiece, A reboot will fail like many before us, so dont bother Hollywood, and how do you go from Brandon Lee to James Mcavoy??? Not a good start! Really hope they dont this..