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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has officially signed on to direct Relativity Media’s reboot of “The Crow”, based on the comic book series by James O’Barr. Fresnadillo will be replacing Stephen Norrington, who left the project a while back after working on it for the last few years to no avail. The Spanish Fresnadillo made his Hollywood debut on the zombie film “28 Weeks Later” in 2007, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”. He’s also got “Intruders” with Clive Owen and Carice van Houten ready for release later in 2011.
Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley says about Fresnadillo:
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is an incredibly talented and imaginative filmmaker. We are thrilled to have him at the helm and are excited to work with both Pressman and Apaches on what we all believe will be a compelling and innovative reimagining of The Crow.
Edward R. Pressman, who will continue to produce the franchise, adds:
The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience.
There is no cast and Fresnadillo is expected to help develop a new script from the ground up once a writer has been attached to the project. Shooting on what will eventually be the fifth entry in the franchise is expected to gear up sometime in the Fall.