Since its 1994 debut, The Crow, starring Bruce Lee’s son Brandon, became a noir-fantasy cult classic. The Alex Proyas-helmed film, based on James O’Barr’s comic book of the same name, also did well with general audiences, landing a couple of sequels, including the fairly well-received follow-up, The Crow: City of Angels – as well as a short-lived Canadian TV series. Unfortunately, the series has always been tinged with tragedy due to an on-set accident taking Brandon Lee’s life. The popularity of the film and its legacy endures today, though, as several filmmakers have attempted to reboot the franchise to no avail.
The most recent effort fronted by Relativity Media hit a snag after reports that director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) had left the project. It now looks like Hardy is back on board, and the remake is moving forward with a big star in the title role – none other than Aquaman's Jason Momoa.
The recent report comes via CBR, who caught wind of an Instagram post from DC’s aquatic superhero himself. In the image, Momoa is enjoying a pint with The Crow’s once-more helmer. The pair share a hearty handshake as well, with Momoa commenting in the caption: “The only way to officially seal the deal as men Is a pint of black beauty.” Check out Aquaman’s suds-filled sign-on below:
The Crow remake has been in the works for nearly 10 years now. Back in 2008, Steven Norrington (Blade) announced his intention to re-imagine the popular film. Since then, several directors including Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Francisco Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) were attached to the project, as well as various stars such as Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and most recently Jack Huston (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
While the Instagram post isn’t an official confirmation from Relativity, rumors had Momoa circling the role of Eric Draven, originally portrayed with aplomb by Lee. Momoa, with his star on the rise, would be an excellent choice for a reboot of the moody, supernatural hero. His work as a darker, angrier Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe will prepare him well for the role. Comic book scribe O'Barr has even given the most recent remake his full support. Despite the set-backs from Relativity's bankruptcy last year, the project now appears to be moving ahead with Hardy back onboard – at least judging by his chumming around with Jason Momoa. Clearly, the studio has rearranged their plans to start filming in early 2016, though.
While it appears as though The Crow reboot may finally get off the ground, many fans of the original film, including its director, are wary of a remake. Alex Proyas even stated that a redux seemed “unnecessary” during his promotional work on Gods of Egypt. Nonetheless, the Hollywood’s hunger for popular '80s and '90s properties seems to have no end, being fueled by an aging Gen-X and an up-and-coming Gen-Y who often fetishize the eras of their youth. It will be interesting to see how the reboot frames the story and the character, assuming the production remains aloft.
We’ll keep you posted on further developments from The Crow reboot.