The Crow is once more getting a new life, as Relativity plans a remake for the classic 1994 film. The reboot of the movie is scheduled to start filming later this year in Cardiff at the Pinewood Studios. In December, a new director was announced after the original director ended up signing on with a different project. Corin Hardy, who has also worked on The Hallow, will be the new director for The Crow. Since then, there has been much speculation as to who would take on the lead role for the project. On Monday, the announcement was made that Jack Huston would be taking on the title role of Eric Draven.
In the 1994 film, Draven was originally played by Brandon Lee. Lee died during filming of The Crow after he was accidentally shot while on set. The movie finished production and went on to achieve a cult-like following with a number of sequels.
Following the first film in 1994, The Crow: City of Angels was released in 1996. City of Angels acts as a true sequel to the original film, as it meets up with one of the characters all grown up. In this first sequel, the lead actors were Vincent Perez and Mia Kirshner. The next sequel, The Crow: Salvation, was released in 2000. Although Salvation was released direct to video, the stars of the movie were Eric Mabius and Kirsten Dunst. The last sequel released in 2005, was The Crow: Wicked Prayer. The latest sequel actually had a one week theater run before hitting videos and starred David Boreanaz and Edward Furlong.
In every version of The Crow movies, the title character gets a new life, as a new individual takes on the role. The original film is based on the graphic novel by James O’Barr. Subsequent films have been based on different authors’ works with the same premise. In each film, a party who has been wronged returns from the dead as the titular character to avenge the wrongs done to them, or in their name.
The original movie is often remembered for not only the tragic circumstances that occurred on set, but also for the style of the film. The 1994 film was known for being very stylized, as well as gothic. For the latest incantation, the screenwriter for the movie is saying that this version will have a much different feel to it. In fact, this version of the movie will have a more realistic feel to it. The new film style is being described as something similar to a documentary style with a mysterious vibe and a hard edge.
Although talk of a reboot has been in the works for some time, the announcement of who would portray the lead character of Eric Draven, lends a solid belief that the film will finally make it to the screen. With word that Huston would be taking on the role of Draven, it appears that this reboot of The Crow will finally happen, and a new life will be given to the cult classic.
By Kimberley Spinney
Photo by Surajram Kumaravel – Flickr License
Huston Photo by avda-foto – Flickr License