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Said to be a "gritty reboot of the gothic iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife's murder, so that his soul can finally rest."

CATEGORY
Fantasy | Remakes

RELEASE DATE
2017/2018
CURRENT STATUS
Pre-Production
LANGUAGE
English
PRODUCED BY
Davis Films
Highland Film Group
Electric Shadow
Edward R. Pressman Film
MPAA RATING
N/A
OFFICIAL SITES
N/A
REVIEW
N/A
DIRECTED BY
Corin Hardy
WRITTEN BY
Cliff Dorfman
Jesse Wigutow (early draft)
Alex Tse (early draft)
James O’Barr (comic)
STARRING
Jason Momoa

PROJECT DETAILS
  • Producer F. Javier Guiterrez had a recent interview where he confirms that the filmmakers are aiming for an R-rating, saying: "With The Crow, I haven’t talked to them in a while so I don’t know what is going on with that, but we are going to do an R-rated movie. I come from Europe, I’m very dark so I’m going to go for it. If any movie has to be R-rated then it’s The Crow. That’s how I got James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow, involved in the project because he said that if R-rated is the way that I wanted to go, he’s in. Even though I’m not directing it now, when I was going to be doing that I explained to the producers that they had to read and understand the comic book and not make the film a PG-13 version because it would make no sense. Some movies are for young people, I get it and maybe you can do it, but this movie is not necessarily for those young people and toning it down would give you a ghost of what The Crow should be." (5/8/17)
  • Budgeted at an estimated $40-million.
  • It looks like the project has left Relativity Media after the studio ran into some financial difficulties, which resulted in it being shelved for a short period. It will now be produced by a few other studios, who hope to get things back on track and at the same pace it was before. No word if director Corin Hardy and actor Jason Momoa are still attached. (11/17/16)
  • Filming is said to begin sometime in January 2017 with Jason Momoa taking on the lead role as "The Crow" Eric Draven. The film is reportedly more of a faithful adaptation of the comic rather than a remake of the 1994 Alex Proyas film. (9/6/16)
  • According to Mashable Corin Hardy is still attached to direct the film and Jason Momoa (HBO's Game of Thrones, Aquaman) is reportedly in talks to play the lead, Eric Draven. (8/10/16)
  • Apparently some restructuring within the studio has resulted in the loss of the latest director, Corin Hardy (The Hallow), who was originally going to begin filming sometime this March 2016. According to the studio this project is still their "top priority." (3/16/16)
  • It looks like the studio's financial woes are no longer, as they're moving forward with pre-production once again. An estimated March 2016 shoot date is aimed with Corin Hardy attached to direct. The producers are still seeking an actor to play lead, Eric Draven, while names like Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrea Riseborough and Forest Whitaker were once attached for co-starring roles, but it's unclear if they're still involved at the moment. (11/3/15)
  • Creator James O’Barr elaborated a bit more on the status of the film in a recent interview, saying: "It’s still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they’re in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can’t get backing again. It’s going to happen. I talked to Pressman Films a couple of weeks ago and they said within two or three weeks, we should have it placed at a new studio. Because the day Relativity announced that they were having financial problems, there were like a dozen other studios that called about getting The Crow property." (8/19/15)
  • Production on the film is reportedly on hold, as rumor of financial problems with the studio have come to light. The producers still intend to move forward with the project, just not at this time. At least that's the rumor at the moment, especially after recently missing the production start deadline. (7/31/15)
  • Filming was originally aimed to begin sometime in the Spring of 2015.
  • Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Birdman) is in talks to play "Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad guy."
  • Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) will be playing Eric Draven's murdered fiancée, Shelly.
  • Jack Huston (Richard from HBO's Boardwalk Empire) has dropped out of the project. He was originally going to be playing The Crow, but had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The filmmakers hope to turn this into a franchise that will spawn a new Crow from different time periods with each sequel. It's said if this is successful the next film would likely see a female Crow.
  • It's said that the actual crow in the film will speak to Eric Draven, like in the comics.
  • Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Immortals, The Raven, No One Lives) was going to star at one point, but dropped out to "pursue other projects."
  • Corin Hardy is the latest director attached to the project. Hardy made his live action feature directing debut on The Hallow, a film that will be released next year and before that he drew acclaim for helming the animated short Butterfly and for directing music videos for the likes of  Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Keane, Paolo Nutini and The Prodigy.
  • Filming was originally aimed to begin sometime in the Fall of 2011.
  • F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) was originally attached to direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. 
  • Jesse Wigutow is now handling writing duties.
  • The Weinstein Company (TWC) sued Relativity Media back in April 2011 over distribution rights, which was part of the delay in the development of the project. The lawsuit has now been settled out of court and the two parties will be working in developing the film together, as planned. (1/23/12)
  • It was rumored that Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Mark Wahlberg were possible contenders for the lead role.
  • When Bradley Cooper was still attached to the project some concept art was created for him, which can be seen here.
  • Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Limitless) was originally set to star as Draven, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Previous writer Alex Tse also scripted Watchmen.
  • The studio was quoted saying: "The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. [Juan Carlos] Fresnadillo and [Alex] Tse are perfectly suited to bring these beloved characters back to life, and to create a world worthy of this modern classic."
  • One of the producers was quoted saying: "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."
  • The story will once again focus on the character "Eric Draven".
  • At one point Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was going to direct.
  • Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) was once said to be directing.
  • Announced in 2008, the project has gone through the hands of several writers and potential directors.
  • The Crow began as a comic book series by James O’Barr, which was published in 1989. A film was later made in 1994, which was followed by three sequels and a television series in 1998.
  • A "re-invention" of the 1994 film that starred Brandon Lee.
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