The Crow Reboot is Still Happening, Even if You Forgot All About It

The Crow Reboot is Still Happening, Even if You Forgot All About It
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Almost three decades after superhero classic movie The Crow directed by Alex Proyas and starring Brandon Lee hit the screens it is going to be rebooted; the film is already in post-production.

The good news is that the film has secured financing too. According to an exclusive report by Deadline, the money will come from financier Ashland Hill Media Finance, set up by producers Joe Simpson, Simon Williams and Jonathan Bross who will co-finance the movie along with CAA Media Finance and FilmNatio.

The reboot which is also based on James O'Barr's 1989 graphic novel is directed by Rupert Sanders and stars Bill Skarsgård, FKA Twigs and Danny Huston. The script was written by Zach Baylin, who was Oscar-nominated for his King Richard. The film follows Eric Draven (Skarsgård), a murdered man who is resurrected to avenge his death and the death of his fiancée.

This is yet another attempt to reboot The Crow after the previous one failed. The release was scheduled for October 2019 but never happened. Director Corin Hardy was to helm the project starring Jason Momoa (Eric Draven) but both left the film in 2018.

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The original The Crow (1994) is a true cult movie. It became the last one ever for Brandon Lee who was fatally wounded on set while shooting a scene. To carry on with the project, the filmmaker had to use a stunt double and resort to digital effects. The Crow was well received and earned some $94 million worldwide on a $23 million budget. Its success led to three sequels; The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Crow: Salvation (2000), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) and the 1998 TV adaptation The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which lasted only one season.

But what do cinephiles think? Some redditors do not believe the forthcoming reboot is a good idea as there's material on the books that could give plenty of storylines for new movies leaving Eric Draven a told tale. The underlying concept of grief so deep that you cannot die without taking your revenge can be used in so many different circumstance.

Another fan suggests the rebooted The Crow needs an episodic vehicle, akin to Black Mirror or Love, Death + Robots where they can experiment more and hit the viewer with different interpretations of how The Crow manifests.

We'll see how it will play out in Sanders' film. The three sequels were nowhere close to the original so the reboot may be a bit of a challenge for the producers.