The Crow Reboot Script: Good, Bad, or Just Dumb?

The Crow Comic Book by James O'Barr

Now that “The Crow” reboot seems to have found its leading man in Luke Evans (or so it seems, but like most things involving with this reboot, that could very well change in a few weeks or months from now), what exactly will currently attached director F. Javier Gutiérrez be dealing with?

In a review of the current script for the upcoming reboot, Latino-Review breaks down what they think works and doesn’t work about the script.


First up, the two love birds are named Eric Draven and Shelly, like in the original 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee. The set-up is pretty much the same, with the lovebirds being murdered, and the man, Draven, resurrected by the titular Crow into, well, the titular Crow, I guess. This, I think, is also in line with the original comics by James O. Barr.

But that’s where the similarities end.

In this remake, Draven is a cop. A very good, bible-quoting cop, apparently. The two are murdered on the side of the road, where Draven was proposing to Shelly. It seems a crime kingpin doesn’t like how Draven is snooping around his business and decides to cap his ass.

Enter: The Crow.

You can hear the review of the script and more details for yourself below. Among other things, the Crow is now invisible (or something), and puts on the “crow” make-up and black clothes so he can “see” himself in mirrors. Or something. I’m frankly not sure. It all sounds very unnecessary and more than a little silly.

But of course, that doesn’t mean this is the script they’ll be using. As previously reported, the producers are pushing the start date on their reboot to early 2014, when Evans can be ready to shoot. That’s a long way from here to there, and a lot of things can happen/change in those times.