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.
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:
- 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.
- 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