A remake of Alex Proyas’ 1994 cult classic The Crow has been in ‘development hell’ for over 4 years now. The project has burned through numerous studios and directors, including Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall).
Also, many actors – including Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Normal Reedus, Luke Evans and Jack Huston – were once attached to the project, but for one reason or another, dropped out or moved forward with other projects.
In the end, The Crow’s wings ultimately settled with Sony Pictures under the working title The Crow Reborn. Jason Momoa (Conan, Aquaman) is set to star as Eric Draven (aka The Crow), with Corin Hardy (The Hallow) at helm.
With new backers and politics (with the exception of Edward R. Pressman, who also produced the original), The Crow Reborn is finally getting momentum, a least to a recent Instagram post by Momoa, who recently posted: I’ve been waiting for sooooo long.Corin Hardy, let’s do this brother”
James O’Barr, the creator of the The Crow graphic novel, has been vocal about the project throughout its pre-production process: “We’re not remaking the movie, we’re re-adapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula; they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all,” O’Barr added. Mind you, this was said by O’Barr a couple of directors ago.
We’ll keep you updated on The Crow Reborn as we hear more.