The Crow Remake Back On, Begins Shooting in March

The Crow Remake Back On, Begins Shooting in March

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Now all they need is, you know, a lead actor.

Relativity Media's The Crow remake has been one of those movies that was seemingly destined to be trapped in development Hell for the foreseeable future. It's already seen four directors -- Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and F. Javier Gutierrez -- sign on and almost immediately back out of the project, and last year alone, it lost two different leading men in the form of Luke Evans and Jack Huston. Throw in the fact that Relativity had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in July, and you've got yourself a movie with a smaller chance of being made than Birth of a Nation 2.

But lo, there is hope.

Following the sale of Relativity Media to an investor group led by film producer Ryan Kavanaugh last month, it appears that The Crow reboot is not only happening, but that it will serve as the project that lifts Relativity from the bowels of mediocrity.

The Wrap is reporting that production on the reboot are set to begin in March. While no lead actor has been chosen yet, Corin Hardy -- whose indie horror flick The Hallow recently premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance film festival -- has signed on to direct (and in fact, agreed to a holding deal some time ago).

Adding to the sudden legs The Crow has beneath it is comic book creator James O'Barr, who has not only placed his stamp of approval on the reboot, but claims that it will adhere to his source material almost page-for-page. One huge exception, of course, will be that Top Dollar, the antagonist played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 original will be a woman this time around.

"It's not what people might expect. She's the girlfriend of one of the gang members, and not necessarily the head of the gang, like everyone thinks. It's adding more layers to the bad guys. They all have extra backstory in this one, and get a little more screen time than I gave them in the book," said O'Brien.

With between 10 and 20 million dollars already invested in The Crow dating back to 2008 (according to who you ask), it's clear that the success of this reboot will say a lot about the future of the new Relativity Media. With many fans of the original already arguing that the studio should just leave well enough alone, how do you see The Crow fairing should it actually see a release date?

Source: The Wrap

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I don't honestly think it will do well and TBH I don't want them to touch it because Brandon Lee's Eric Draven was about the best you could do IMO. I'm not one to say its an insult to his memory or anything but I just don't see how much more one could improve on that movie.

Imperioratorex Caprae:
I don't honestly think it will do well and TBH I don't want them to touch it because Brandon Lee's Eric Draven was about the best you could do IMO. I'm not one to say its an insult to his memory or anything but I just don't see how much more one could improve on that movie.

While I do agree that you can't improve on the original, that unfortunately doesn't stop Hollywood. Look at Poltergeist, the rumored Big Trouble in Little China and Robocop: they care about how many fans they can stir interest in to see it whether it's good or not, for their cash.

I know I'm going to non-denominational punishment afterlife for it, but I got a morbid chuckle out of the title.

Let's hope this remake has a lot less shooting, shall we?

Hm, there were unfortunate circumstances that made the first film tragic, yet great. It had everything it needed (including NIN and that great bad guy who now voices death in darksiders 2 whenever i decide to put it on). I just don't see this being able to ever compete with the vibe/atmosphere the first film had. And we do not speak of the sequels! The second film i hardly remember, there may have been eye-gouging, but...that could be any film really. I hope they do the original justice. Ehh...remakes and remasters are all the rage nowdays, with creativity being the scariest concept to investors/publishers.

JaredJones:

Adding to the sudden legs The Crow has beneath it is comic book creator James O'Brien, who has not only placed his stamp of approval on the reboot, but claims that it will adhere to his source material almost page-for-page.

Don't mean to nitpick here but shouldn't it be James O'Barr not O'Brien?

Jeremy Dawkins:

Imperioratorex Caprae:
I don't honestly think it will do well and TBH I don't want them to touch it because Brandon Lee's Eric Draven was about the best you could do IMO. I'm not one to say its an insult to his memory or anything but I just don't see how much more one could improve on that movie.

While I do agree that you can't improve on the original, that unfortunately doesn't stop Hollywood. Look at Poltergeist, the rumored Big Trouble in Little China and Robocop: they care about how many fans they can stir interest in to see it whether it's good or not, for their cash.

I know. My favorite remake though has to be 21 and 22 Jump Street because of how self-aware the movies are. But it wouldn't work with the Crow, I don't think I need to explain why.
Also the other reason I think the original worked so well was the soundtrack. Modern movies have basically eschewed the use of the soundtrack and its a huge detriment IMO.
(tangent warning) I was just thinking about this earlier and the 90's had some great movie soundtracks even if the movies themselves were shit. The Crow, Judgment Night, Empire Records, Clueless, Romeo and Juliet, Grosse Pointe Blank, Beavis and Butthead, The Faculty, Spawn these are just a few I had in my collection that got a crapload of play. Judgment Night especially and Spawn because of some great artists doing songs with others from a different genre, like Slayer and Ice T doing a track together (Judgment Night) or Kirk Hammet and Orbital doing a track (Spawn) as well as Crystal Method/Filter (also Spawn).

Some of my favorite tracks came from movie soundtracks in the 90s.

Anyway, the aesthetics behind the original Crow, both the cinematography and the use of the soundtrack in the movie gave a lot more depth to the movie itself and I just don't believe modern Hollywood is capable of reproducing that depth. Not unless they decide to forgo any focus group testing and completely ignore all of modern Hollywood's trends to homogenize movies, especially remakes. No I just don't see them doing it justice.
I've a friend who's been moderately successful here in Florida making movies who recently moved out to L.A. and I hope he can do something to influence trends, I'd love to see his work given a higher budget and yet retain his style and vision, I think it coudl do wonders to modern films but we'll see...

The Crow doesn't need a remake. It's not a perfect film, but it's not something that would be improved by doing it again with modern technology and actors/actresses either. It's a cult classic and it should just remain as such.

Gutsripper:

JaredJones:

Adding to the sudden legs The Crow has beneath it is comic book creator James O'Brien, who has not only placed his stamp of approval on the reboot, but claims that it will adhere to his source material almost page-for-page.

Don't mean to nitpick here but shouldn't it be James O'Barr not O'Brien?

Correcting an erroneous fact in an article isn't nitpicking. It's something the author and editors should be doing, especially since that's their damn job.

I'd still prefer to see Rob Zombie's The Crow:2037 than another remake to be honest but I doubt that's ever going to happen

JaredJones:
Begins Shooting in March

oof....given the context of the original crow, this seems like poor choice in words :-P

EyeReaper:
I know I'm going to non-denominational punishment afterlife for it, but I got a morbid chuckle out of the title.

Let's hope this remake has a lot less shooting, shall we?

aw dammit, ninja'd by another dick with a sense of humor :(

Stop. Just stop. The Crow is one of my favourite films of all time and as far as I'm concerned you cannot remake it. You shouldn't remake it. I know all attempts to make sequels with the Crow concept have been chunky vomit milkshakes, but how does that make dragging the original story out again any better? Let Eric Draven rest in peace for fuck's sake!

I think we have different definitions of "hope." That this is being made with so many production issues does not fill me with hope. That O'Barr is indicating this will be faithful and then we immediately see significant changes detailed doesn't fill me with hope. That there's no lead actor named doesn't fill me with hope.

That this thing exists doesn't fill me with hope.

EyeReaper:
I know I'm going to non-denominational punishment afterlife for it, but I got a morbid chuckle out of the title.

Let's hope this remake has a lot less shooting, shall we?

Ironically, I want to shout "don't you ever fucking die?" at this movie.

Just watch out for squibs this time.

EyeReaper:
I know I'm going to non-denominational punishment afterlife for it, but I got a morbid chuckle out of the title.

Let's hope this remake has a lot less shooting, shall we?

Don't worry I'll be there with you. I read the title and immediately thought"

"Very poor choices of words."

Remaking The Crow, are we? Good luck with that.

This, to me, feels like remaking Jaws, The Exorcist, Citizen Kane or Amadeus: you're not gonna be able to do a better job than the original, so why even bother?

No, No and Fuck No. The Crow was well made, atmospheric and is still to this day my favourite movie. Why the hell do they feel the need to remake it. I hope the people who are doing it, fuck it up and quit again.

Why, what was wrong with it? Why not simply go to less effort (and cost) and remake City of Angels to be closer to the director's original version? (Thanks, Cecil).

Buckets:
No, No and Fuck No. The Crow was well made, atmospheric and is still to this day my favourite movie. Why the hell do they feel the need to remake it. I hope the people who are doing it, fuck it up and quit again.

Right with you on that one. Still stands as my favourite movie of all time. And most definitely does NOT need a remake.

The sequels were alright though far below the standard set by this one. Make as many sequels as you want, heck set it in the past or future or alternate universe, who cares. But I don't think it's worth remaking this one.

The Crow really is a cool film and I'm glad it lives on through cult classic status. To me, The Crow was just such a product of the time that I don't see how they are going to be able to recreate that same tone and feel with a bigger budget and modern technology. The movie looks old. It looks tired. It looks just as grungy as the city it takes place in. Plus that soundtrack. Oh lawd that soundtrack.

Standard misgivings aside, I can't imagine ANYONE would want to want to take on the main role. The best result from it has been getting away with severe injuries and that was from the short lived TV show.

'The Crow Remake Back On, Begins Shooting in March'

Oh dear, oh dear... I hope that wasn't an intended dark joke?

Man, The Crow was such an awesome movie. This is gonna be a turd... A turd, I tell you!

Sometimes I like to wonder about how big of an action star Brandon Lee would've become if he hadn't died filming The Crow. It just seems like he was destined for greatness.

Also, I made my seventeen year old son watch The Crow a few months ago and he thought it was fantastic (of course he did). He seemed a little upset that I hadn't made him aware of it before. I did not make him aware of the sequels.

A KissLike Smile:
The Crow doesn't need a remake. It's not a perfect film, but it's not something that would be improved by doing it again with modern technology and actors/actresses either. It's a cult classic and it should just remain as such.

I am a tiny, little, teeny weeny, small smidgen, interested. The original Crow was not terribly close to the source material, so, this could be different enough to warrant it's existence BUT... BUT!!!

The film had a better narrative than the source material.

Joseph Campbell noted that a hero story arc is usually, rise, challenge, attempt to over-come challenge even if ultimately dying or failing. This happens to the movie Crow. I don't recall the comic book Crow ever facing a challenge. He just goes from bad guy to the next bad guy, killing them. Much less satisfying.

 

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