Can James O’Barr Rescue THE CROW Reboot?
Variety is reporting that James O'Barr, creator of the original “The Crow” graphic novel, has been hired by Relativity Media to consult on their upcoming reboot, which will star Luke Evans.
Relativity Media has informed Variety that James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow, is coming on board the reboot as a consultant. A film that will see Luke Evans (Immortals, Fast & Furious 6) taking on the role of Eric Draven. A role made famous by the late Brandon Lee, who was killed during the filming of the original 1994 film.
O'Barr issued a statement:
“It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”
Also announced today, O'Barr and director, F. Javier Gutierrez, will appear together at this year's San Diego Comic Con, where they will be promoting the upcoming film.
Let's look at the reboot for a second. In early May, Latino-Review's @Da7e, posted in depth look at the script for the film. It left many fans shaking their heads in disgust. Why so? Well, in this version, Eric Draven will not be a musician seeking revenge, but in fact a murdered police officer. Other changes that have irked fans, is that Eric will be incredibly religious spouting out bible passages throughout this revenge saga. There will also be a new backstory that involves Eric and Shelly being orphans, growing up at the same orphanage. His powers in the reboot are described as something akin to Patrick Swayze's character in Ghost. You can see the full review of the script below for even more details.
I'm very surprised that James O’Barr has come on board for this reboot. Why? Well, just a few years ago O'Barr told the Dallas Observer that he never intended for The Crow to become a franchise.
I have kind of divorced myself from all of that. I was heavily involved with the first film, and Brandon was my friend. I kind of feel like I made my movie, and I really have nothing else to say with that character or that scenario. It was never designed to be a Star Trek or James Bond franchise, which is what they keep trying to turn it into. Initially, I thought that they would cheapen the first film by making these bad sequels but in reality all they did was make it look that much better.
Guess everyone has a price tag.
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