Sony has set an official theatrical release date for The Crow movie reboot, starring Jason Momoa as murdered rock guitarist turned vengeful antihero Eric Draven. The big screen relaunch of James O’Barr’s comic book story turned film series has gone through several actors, directors, and script drafts over the past decade. Mark Wahlberg and Bradley Cooper were among the first actors attached to play Eric in the film.
Because of its constant stop/go progress, fans of the property were dubious when Momoa attached himself to the project in the summer of 2016, suspecting that he too would eventually drop out. He didn’t, however, and now the Game of Thrones, Frontier, and Aquaman actor is gearing up to start filming The Crow in Budapest, Hungary this year, under the direction of Corin Hardy (The Hallow). Sony picked up the project with Momoa and Hardy attached last fall, after it stalled in development in the wake of Relativity Media declaring bankruptcy.
The Crow is now scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on October 11, 2019. Other films currently set to open in theaters that same day include MGM’s animated The Addams Family movie (featuring Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams), Paramount’s big screen adaptation of the 1990s Nickelodeon TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark, and Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel The Goldfinch (starring Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort).
Director Alex Proyas brought The Crow property to the big screen in 1994, casting Brandon Lee (who was tragically killed during filming by a defective blank) as Eric: a musician who returns from the dead to exact revenge on the men responsible for brutally murdering him and his girlfriend. The film became a cult success thanks to its stylishly Gothic aesthetic and Lee’s memorable performance (among other factors), but later movie sequels and a TV spinoff failed to scale the same artistic heights.
Some Crow fans are reasonably skeptical of a Crow reboot, but Momoa has proven to be a magnetic screen presence (even when the film or TV show around him is subpar) and his star shouldn’t stop rising anytime soon, what with his role in James Wan’s Aquaman around the corner. Hardy similarly earned critical kudos for the horror/thriller The Hallow (his feature debut) and could breakout later this year, when his Conjuring spinoff The Nun hits theaters. The Nun has even been likened to a Gothic Hammer Horror film by its writer – something that suggests The Crow may have finally found the right person (make that people) for the job after all this time.
Source: Sony Pictures
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