Shocker! The Crow Reboot Gets a New Director

F. Javier GutierrezA scant day after settling their legal brouhaha with The Weinstein Company over rights to remake “The Crow”, Relativity Media has announced a new director and a writer for the project. Spanish director F. Javier Gutierrez is now onboard, taking over for the previously attached (and fellow Spaniard) Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

If you’re keeping track at home, Gutierrez is the third director on the reboot, following in the footsteps of the aforementioned Fresnadillo and before that, “Blade’s” Stephen Norrington, who had been working on the reboot for years before finally getting so frustrated and, ahem, flying the coop.

Besides a new director, “The Crow” reboot will also get a new script from Jesse Wigutow, whose previous credits include cinematic masterpieces such as “Eragon” and “The Ruins”, and recently polished up a remake of “The Osterman Weekend” for the fine folks at Summit Entertainment.

Now all Relativity needs is a great script from Wigutow. Then land a decent actor for the male lead. Then make “The Crow” reboot not suck. Shouldn’t be too hard to make people forget Alex Proyas and the original “Crow” movie. Right?

Good luck, boys!

The Crow Comic Book by James O'Barr

Via : THR



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    I don’t consider myself a “fanboy”, but in my opinion recreating the magic of the original film is going to be monumentally difficult to say the least if not impossible. The combination of Alex Proyas’ gothic direction+Brandon Lee’s haunting final performance+the perfect casting of “TBird’s little party pals”+the exceptional soundtrack (NiN, The Cure, Thrill Kill Kult) = CINEMATIC PERFECTION. Rarely does a movie have so much to live up to. Even Nolan only had 2 of the aforementioned hurdles to clear (Direction+A previous actor playing a beloved character). If Gutierrez can pull it off, the man deserves mad kudos ’cause he’s got his work cut out for him.

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

      I’m not ashamed to say it; I still have that CD somewhere on my shelf. I played the crap out of it when it first came out.

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

        Nor should you be. great soundtrack! One of the things that made the movie great.

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

      I will just keep posting this everytime a Crow article pops up. Thye should just tell a new story. Eric Draven has been done twice, and they were both good lets leave it at that. Let’s do something COMPLETELY different. The thing that makes this mythology and franchise great and very flexible is that the Crow avatar can be different with each iteration. The make up doesn’t even have to be the same everytime. That was a very bad convetion thatthe films added. At least with “Stairway to Heaven” they made the transformation part of the supernatural ressurection. When Eric’s emotions got the better of him or when he had to fight to save someone the change occured. In the comics different people have used different make up. Sometimes similar sometimes wholey different. In “The Crow: Flesh and Blood” comic the female protagonist paints a crow on her face with the wings covering the eyes and the tail the nose. it looked very cool. I say change some of the conventions or explain them. if you want every avatar to have the same make up explain why they are compelled to make it look that way (ancient native american face paint for vengeance or something), set it in a different time, change the sex or race of the protagonist. Make it a mystery, have us find out what happened as they do. AND CAST WELL!!!

  • Avalon

    please the original Crow is classic! Awesome movie, cast and soundtrack. Brandon Lee is sorely missed and Michael Wincott was deliciously sadistic and kinky. Hard to improve on this movie.

  • #1Fan

    I still have the soundtrack to The Crow also, still an awesome cd…I have no problem with a new Crow movie taking place, I will add it to my collection of the first four, go ahead and make a fifth, but why in the world would anyone want to remake the first Crow? It’s only two decades old…apparently no one has any imagination anymore because they are remaking the best classics that should stay the way they are, like The Bodyguard. Someone said make a female main character, ok go with that, but Brandon Lee was accidently shot & later ended up dying because he chose to be Eric Draven. No one will ever compare to the way Brandon Lee brought Eric Draven to life & for anyone to even try is completely disrespectful to the memory of Brandon Lee…RIP Brandon Lee…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639132185 Eric Snyder

    Some remakes should never be done & this is one of them.
    Other classic films like “Gone With The Wind” & “Casablanca” among many others should never be remade either.

  • Mscin1959

    Brandon Lee IS the Crow. All those people see are dollar signs. I am sure Brandon’s soul can’t rest and a crow will bring it back to put the wrong things right.

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

      Sorry gotta disagree with you. I love the first movie. I love the franchise (in comics) and I even loved the TV series re-imagining of the lore mythos. I liked “Salvation” as well. My point is that Eric Draven is NOT the only Crow, and therefore Brandon Lee is NOT the only Crow. It’s not a mantle that one person carries. It’s a spiritual gift/curse palced on a sufferring soul and there are no shortage of those in the world. I will reiterate my post from above.

      I will just keep posting this everytime a Crow article pops up. Thye should just tell a new story. Eric Draven has been done twice, and they were both good lets leave it at that. Let’s do something COMPLETELY different. The thing that makes this mythology and franchise great and very flexible is that the Crow avatar can be different with each iteration. The make up doesn’t even have to be the same everytime. That was a very bad convetion thatthe films added. At least with “Stairway to Heaven” they made the transformation part of the supernatural ressurection. When Eric’s emotions got the better of him or when he had to fight to save someone the change occured. In the comics different people have used different make up. Sometimes similar sometimes wholey different. In “The Crow: Flesh and Blood” comic the female protagonist paints a crow on her face with the wings covering the eyes and the tail the nose. it looked very cool. I say change some of the conventions or explain them. if you want every avatar to have the same make up explain why they are compelled to make it look that way (ancient native american face paint for vengeance or something), set it in a different time, change the sex or race of the protagonist. Make it a mystery, have us find out what happened as they do. AND CAST WELL!!!

  • ANONYMOUS

    THEY NEED TO DO THE ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK PLOT JAMES O’BARR CREATED. THE FILM SCRIPT WRITER CAN STILL ADD EXTRA DIALOGUE, ACTION, DRAMA, BLOOD ETC. BUT, DO NOT TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT WAS ALREADY CREATED ORIGINALLY. KEEP THE ORIGINAL NAMES OF THE COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS. JUST LIKE BATMAN & SUPERMAN ETC. THEY STILL USE THE SAME NAMES FOR THE CHARACTERS. HERE IS THE ORIGINAL PLOT FOR THE CROW – The story revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric. He and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang of street thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten and raped. They are then left for dead on the side of the road.
    He is resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. When not on the hunt, Eric stays in the house he shared with Shelly, spending most of his time there lost in memories of her. Her absence is torture for him; he is in emotional pain, even engaging in self-mutilation by cutting himself.
    The crow acts as both guide and goad for Eric, giving him information that helps him in his quest but also chastising him for dwelling on Shelly’s death, seeing his pining as useless self-indulgence that distracts him from his purpose. HERE IS JAMES O’BARR SPECIAL EDITION Special Edition A.K.A. Author’s Edition

    O’Barr stated in a 2004 interview that The Crow: Author’s Edition would contain at least “60 pages of new material that no one has ever seen. Half of that are pages that had to be removed for space reasons”. O’Barr describes the additions as including “more romance flashback scenes between Eric and Shelly”, as well as sequences which will make the work “more visually interesting”.[2]
    On January 16, 2010, it was announced on James O’Barr’s official website that the Author’s Edition of The Crow is indeed going to be released and that James O’Barr was currently working on it.[3]
    On April 7, 2011, it was announced on James O’Barr’s official website that The Crow: Special Edition would be released on July 28, 2011.[4]