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THE CROW Reboot/Remake/Relaunch/Whatever Has Its Director Now, Again...


Merrick here...

For a while we've heard that 28 WEEKS LATER director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo looked to be the director of a new adaptation of James O'Barr's THE CROW.  

Indeed, Fresnadillo now looks to have the gig - succeeding Stephen Norrington (BLADE, LXG) who was at one point to direct the picture from a script by Nick Cave (a tremendous composer who also scripted THE PROPOSITION).  

With Norrington out (which was previously announced), a new writer will be brought in to adapt THE CROW for Fresnadillo - presumably relegating Cave's version to mythological status alongside his legendary, history-spanning screenplay for an unmade continuation of GLADIATOR.  That script was completely off the hook - and I liked it...

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  • April 8, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • April 8, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by murren

    number 2

  • April 8, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    28 Weeks Later

    by Barron36

    was a good movie, but I see little reason to remake THE CROW...the original is a good film. It still stands on its own. (Where is Alex Proyas lately, anyway?)

  • April 8, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    F---K Remakes

    by Marat

    This is a disgrace and basically spitting on Brandon Lee, RIP

  • April 8, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "The Crow: For The Birds"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Seriously, is this such a hot "franchise?"

  • April 8, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    "The Crow: Eating Crow"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Goth sluts are hot, though, so it'll be fun to see 'em come out for this...

  • April 8, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    I get the "how." I just don't get the "why."

    by ClayMatthews

  • April 8, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    "The Crow: A Murder Of Crows"

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • April 8, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The Proposition was totally awesome.

    by frank

    Nick Cave is a badass.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Deathwish for goths

    by biscuithead


  • April 8, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    "The Crow: Pecking Order"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I want a "Laser Mission" reboot or sequel!!!

  • April 8, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    PG-13 !

    by aphextwin

    including Bay type jokes, lots of green screen, shaky cam, MTV style fetish clothing, and Lady Gaga Soundtrack...this is going to be Epic.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Cameron Crowe to direct, Russell Crowe to star

    by frank

    Musical score by Counting Crows. Guest appearance by Crow T. Robot.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    "The Crow: Crow Bar"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Now THIS is a crow bar! See, it's got the little stools and everything." -Moe Syzslak

  • April 8, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Actually, franks-tv, it's music by Crow Diddley

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • April 8, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Oh, my CHRIST

    by darthderp

    WHY?!?!? The first is one of my all time faves, the second was tolerable, and I haven't bothered with the others. If this were a straight up sequel, that'd be one thing, but the original is too recent for me to accept the idea of a retread/rehash. Here's hoping Brandon Lee's ghost goes all Paranormal Activity on the set.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Can't possibly be worse than the sequels.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Besides, there were other Crow comics than just the Eric Draven story.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by darthderp

    That's my point. I don't have a problem with sequels; maybe they should get James O'Barr to pen one, if he can stand to - if it doesn't bring up bad memories of his girlfriend's death, that is. It's the notion of remaking the original that irks me. Eric Draven's tale was done as well as it could be the first time, given what went down. Leave it alone.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Love the original movie, but...

    by D_T

    ...there is some zany shit in it that really doesn't work, for example, the scene with Skank chasing Eric/T-bird. So terrible.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Do it right and I'm there!

    by fanboy71

    Yes, the original is a classic. Yes, Brandon Lee is awesome as Eric Draven and cannot be equaled (I named my son Brandon). But, I am a huge fan of the book, and the original film was a less than stellar adaptation of the book. Follow O'barr's book and make this a true adaptation, and I will be there will bells on. For those who will defend the original movie (and I love it as well, it's one of my favs), think about why Eric and Shelly's apartment was still empty a year later if they were being kicked out for some kind of real estate scheme. Use the random violence of the book (They were broke down on the side of the road when T-bird and the gang just happened along), do NOT make Eric a rock musician (evidence points to him being a mechanic or handyman in the book), and do not have the stupid vulnerability if the bird is hurt, and this could be the most awesome movie ever. Oh, and cast Joseph Gordon Levitt as Eric. James O'barr's book is the most haunting and emotional book I have ever read, be it graphic novel or literary work, and if it is done right, with his approval, this could be great.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Man, if I were an actor...

    by eustisclay

    ...I would run from this role. If I were a fat actor I would not under any cicumstances read that damn eskimo script that Belushi, Candy, and Farley read and Kinison actually filmed for a day or two.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by darthderp

    I agree with 99% of your post, right down to Levitt as Eric. Except that I think the lack of vulnerability is what hurt the original comic. You knew Eric was going to have his revenge, it was just a matter of time, and how bloody the finale would be. Why bother to cheer the guy on when he was already unstoppable. How I would do it is, don't bother with any supernatural explanation/hoohah. When T-Bird and Eric confront each other by the side of that road, have T-Bird shoot the Crow with his last remaining bullets - with one at Eric - out of frustration. That, in turn, triggers Eric's vulnerability, which T-Bird picks up on. And then the two have the biggest fist fight that would make Norris, Van Damme, and Segal all jizz in their pants. I mean, NO HOLDS BARRED. That's the one change I would make. The rest of the comic, I would film as is.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by darthderp

    So much for the single bullet theory....

  • April 8, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The Dark Crow Rises and Says, "Caw Caw Motherfuckers"

    by lv_426

  • April 8, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    No Wincott, no sale.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Quick impression for you: Caw! Caw! Bang! Fuck, I'm dead!

    by eric haislar

    best line in that movie.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Crowth:The Raven - Nevermore

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • April 8, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    This will not go over well...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I have serious doubts a studio will do the right thing with the Crow. They'll probably have him come back from the dead and then... Tweet about it! I'll try and stay positive but studios actions recently have worried me.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    "Caw Caw Motherfuckers"??? Bwahahahaha!!!

    by Dr Gregory House

    Well done, sir!

  • April 8, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Aside from the first, this is the worst series of movies ever made.

    by alienindisguise

    Just garbage.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen as The Crow

    by Turnip

    @azultool. Fuck. That was funny. I think I pissed myself.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Dear Producers. Give him a black, comedic sidekick...

    by schizoschizo

    ...someone like Chris Tucker, who'll say stuff like, "Yo, Crow!" or "Daaaaaamn, you kill'd him deader than dead!!!" whenever the Crow wastes someone. I'll be expecting my check in the mail.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The Crow Episode I: The Phantom Crow

    by theDORK

  • April 8, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Crow 2: Crow Control

    by theDORK

    ...but no Jason Patric, no Sandra Bullock...not even Keanu.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Original movie

    by KoolerThanJesus

    The original movie is such a definitive part of my teenage years as a goth, I couldn't ever see anything else at the risk of the fond memories I have. Hell, my user name is from a My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult song and I first heard them during the movie.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    The Sheryl Crow

    by schizoschizo

  • April 8, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Brandon Lee

    by drunkenmonkey73

    He did a pretty good job in the Crow.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The Crow - this will be bastardised to be some shit twilight type crap

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • I thnk they're probably playing Yatzee.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Nick Cave "Composer" ??

    by Chadley BeBay

    You pretencious fuck, he's a fuckin rock and roller. Calling Nick Cave 'a tremendous composer' is idiotic. You guys think you are so cool, but you aren't. At all.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Fantastic director, I hope it's more like the comic

    by chien_sale

    Less video clip with pretty visuals, more down to Earth and gritty and sick

  • April 8, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Michael Wincott anyway?

    by Elgyn6655321

    Dude fell off the face of the earth.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Dharma4

    That man is a legend. You know his Gladiator 2 script was a middle finger to the fucking system

  • April 8, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    what happened to the guy that shot Brandon?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Massee, last time I saw him was 24, I think

  • April 8, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed the first Crow

    by disfigurehead

    It's not perfect but it has a great soundtrack. I did not bother with the sequels.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Are we taking bets on how long this guy'll last?

    by UltimaRex

    I got twenty on three months.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by fanboy71

    I could actually live with that. The vulnerability thing only bothers me because the guy has been dead for a year. How do you kill a dead guy who has been supernaturally brought back for the sole purpose of murdering you? Answer.. you don't. You die your much deserved death, and then the dead guy goes to his grave and shoots himself in the head. Sure, it takes some suspense away, but it is much more fitting. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? It depends on the tune. HAMMER TIME! Seeing the trailer for Thresher is what sold me on JGL. And he is a very good actor who could handle the emotional burden Eric carries, and can handle action, as seen in inception. Who would you pick to play Eric?

  • April 8, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by fanboy71

    I meant Hesher. I guess I was thinking of that movie about the combine he was in.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    wait, is george wendt dead?

    by BuzzTheElevatorOperator

    or is this how these things start?

  • April 8, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Should've left this after the Brandon Lee movie...

    by ChickenStu

    So should've been a one off.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Remember when they were going to make a Crow movie with DMX and Eminem?

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    I think it was gonna be called The Crow: Lazarus. All the goth kids threw a shit fit. I personally would've quietly rented it. lol

  • still, as a Nick Cave fan (both his writing and music) I'm curious to see where this goes...

  • April 8, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • April 8, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Hope they make a movie version of the comics this time.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • April 8, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    You guys are gonna hate me: The original comic was great, but...

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Don't get me wrong. I loved a lot of what the graphic novel had that the movie excluded, like Eric's torment in his private moments and the dialogue of the actual bird. But if you read it today, it comes off a little heavy-handed. Some might dare is say... pretentious. Like even the most brilliantly-crafted journal of a depressed goth kid, it took it's own melancholy SO damn seriously. I don't know how well it would translate verbatim. I don't say this often, but I think the 1994 film took and cut what it needed to to be great in it's own right.

  • April 8, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Stephen Norrington REALLY fell off the face of the earth.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    I hear he's a dick and "LXG" was an insult to comic books (I blame the studios), but they should have let the guy direct Ghost Rider. He would've made at least a tolerable effort.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    first Crow was flawless. Remake the sequels.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 8, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Do you seriously think this film will NOT use Eric Draven as the main character? They will probably even try to find someone who looks like Brandon Lee.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    My working titles for the OUTLINES I wrote... Use to have THE CROW poster over my bed when It came out, that and an imported picture of CURT COBAIN with the blue background and the FRANKESTEIN WATCH...

  • April 9, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Flawless? tikidonkeypunch?!

    by The Dread Pirate Roberts

    I bet Brandon Lee can think of at least one flaw.

  • April 9, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    I'm shocked no one has dusted off Zombie's take

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    The prospect of Cave writing a script for it is intriguing as well though. Also, Norrington is kidding himself these days. After Blade, studios might have taken him seriously but no sane exec is going to give that guy a big enough budget to work with on any decent IP after the pile of steaming horseshit that was LXG. Hell, I can't even type those letters without laughing... not one ounce of seriousness. What'd really be hilarious though, is the possibility that Alan Moore placed a curse on Norrington's career.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    28 Weeks Later

    by seign

    28 Weeks Later was a damn fine movie for being a direct to dvd sequel with no returning stars. I stumbled across it on TV while I was on vacation last summer and expected it to be terribly lame but before I knew it, I had watched the whole thing.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Good Choice

    by Smack_Teddy

    I love the original, will always be my boy blue, but I'm open here to a different version done Justice. This is a very positive step, other than losing Nick Cave that is.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    nathan fillion as the crow!!!

    by vulturess

    so theyre gonna stop doing sequels and just redo the 1st one because it made the most money. brilliant.

  • April 10, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Simply one of the best comics of all time...

    by GWARHOL

    ...Spawned some of the worst movies ever made. I adore the source material so much. I very cautiously hope for good things to come of this latest reboot news.

  • April 10, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    And one more thing...

    by GWARHOL

    Nick Cave is sick.

  • April 10, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    The Crow was a great movie considering..

    by Stalkeye

    ..what was left for the producers,special effects artists and Proyas to work with, post Lee's untimely death. What seemed like a indy comic film in the beginning, turned into a logistical nightmare. Bizzarre accidents, extreme working conditions and of course shitty props which led to Lee's fatal accident. i remember watching a undercover expose (on Hard Copy)during the making of this film in which some guy says to Stuntman Jeff imada, that there's something wrong with one of the weapons. Jeff in a nonchalant manner says; "there's nothing wrong with it, put it back". Yeah, Jeff good use of responsibility and not to mention how you could have saved your friend's life had you looked further into the props on the set. Asshole.

  • April 10, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    as instead of being shot and thrown out a window, their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the bad guys come and do what they do. And maybe instead of The Crow being an actual bird that scares the crap out of people, it's something that only is in Eric's mind, or something that only he can see. Either way, I still think the 94 version holds up pretty well for being around 17 years old.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    your an idiot. Your girlfriend needs to lose some serious weight too. Really, shes like that huge chick from Orgazmo. You two just make one creepy ass couple, but not in the way you'd like to think.