James McAvoy May or May Not be Interested in Starring in The Crow Remake


James McAvoy in X-Men First Class (2011) Movie Image

It’s somewhat ironic that a movie franchise about a man who is killed but refuses to stay dead, and returns as an avenging superhero of sorts, just refuses to die. This remake of “The Crow” has been in the works for years, with actors and directors coming and going in bunches.

As it currently stands right now, Spanish director F. Javier Gutierrez is on the hook to direct, but first he needs a star. According to Bloody-Disgusting, that star might be “X-Men: First Class’s” James McAvoy, who the horror site reports as “circling” the long-gestating reboot.

And that’s all we really know. He’s “circling” the project. Who knows what that means in Hollywood these days with all these leaks where you have absolutely no idea where they’re coming from. It could be the studio chief himself to a nosy janitor.

In any case, a remake of “The Crow” would re-do the 1994 original adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic book series that starred the late Brandon Lee, and was directed by Alex Proyas. At this point it would be easier to list all the actors and directors who haven’t been attached to this thing at one point or another, so let’s just say that lots of people have tried to give this a whirl and either failed or just plain skedaddled.

Let’s see what Professor X has to say about the matter…

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  • Debo4735

    NO! NO! NO! They need to get someone with martial arts experience.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      NO NO NO They don’t!!! Every Crow shouldn’t be a martial artist. In fact McAvoy would be perfect for the role after Wanted. He’s done action, and he has the everyman look about him. The fights shouldn’t be pretty, they should be, wild, and brutal. They should be emotionally charged. Everyone thinks of Brandon Lee when they think of the Crow, and i get that. But that aside, if you read the comic it’s based on there is nothing pretty about what he does.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Draven/695507357 Eric Draven

        I don’t like McAvoy’s face. Maybe I’m picking nits, but I don’t like the idea of some funny looking dude playing this character.

        I’m with you on the fight scenes, though. The dude should come back filled with rage, and his kills should reflect that.

        Still, Brandon’s kills were pretty great. Mostly calm and controlled. This time, though, let me see the man just completely snap at least once.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          McAvoy is a pretty good actor though, and it’s not like his face is Steve Bucemi or something. Not every guy is a pretty boy. Still waiting for a crow of color. The new comics had a japanese crow, current one is in WWII. Liking those so far. I’d love a black or latino crow with like a voodoo or santeria spin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1152662553 Emil B Garuba

    Nah. They can NEVER top the originl. Some cult classics should not be remade, reimagined, rebooted, or otherwise. Leave Brandon Lee’s legacy intact. Imagine them remaking Rocky Horror Picture Show for a contemporary audience. Sinful!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Well I dunno. I think there’s always room to tell a new Crow story, but retelling the Eric Draven story is unnecesarry. It was already reimagined once pretty well with the TV show. Let’s just tell a new story.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Draven/695507357 Eric Draven

        I would tend to agree. A new story would be best, though I admit to being paranoid due to the “new stories” attempted with those other trash Crow movies. Salvation wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

  • hardrockhaven

    The original Crow is one of my all-time favorite movies. The original graphic novel is a masterpiece as well. I even have a crow tattoo from being such a huge fan. While the sequels have left a lot to be desired, I’m always up for another Crow tale as long as it’s not a rehash. And I think McAvoy would be a good choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Draven/695507357 Eric Draven

    Not feeling McAvoy, but I really would like to see someone do this movie right. Give it a budget, but not some overblown Michael Bay garbage. You won’t top the original, but you can at least put out something strong to wash the taste of the sequels from our mouths.