Before rabid fans of ‘The Crow’ tear this news apart, you need to first understand who James O’Barr is and why this could be good news. James O’Barr is the original creator of ‘The Crow’ and is now on board as a consultant for the reboot film.
Until this announcement, things have been quite quiet since we last heard that ‘The Crow’ reboot was going to happen. For those who have been out of the loop (I can see a lot of fanboys protesting the reboot out of habit at this point) let’s play catch up. The reboot of ‘The Crow’ is happening and F. Javier Guiterrez is going to be sitting in the director’s chair. The production is going to be starting in 2014 and this time around Luke Evans (‘The Raven’) is going to be taking on the central role of the mysterious Crow.
According to O’Barr, the reboot will be inspired by the graphic novel, but will still pay homage to the well-known film version:
“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.”
While it’s unclear how much say James O’Barr is going to have in this modern adaptation of his work, just the fact he will have some say is a positive sign. Still Luke Evans isn’t exactly Brandon Lee. While he has more film credits under his belt, and action films at that, we’ll see if he has the chops to truly take over the roll as Eric Draven.
‘The Crow’ is always going to be that perfect mix of gothy action that everyone who was a teen to young adult when it was released will remember fondly. I’m curious as to what direction they will go as it’s being filmed now. Some of the darker undertones that made it so popular at the time are themes that are selling like gangbusters in most modern comic films.
What do you think about a reboot of ‘The Crow’? Has it been long enough since Lee’s untimely passing for the torch to be passed to someone else? Clearly his death didn’t slow down the string of lackluster sequels. Will a fresh perspective on the movie allow it to grow into a proper franchise or just be another nail in the coffin of what could have been? Or better yet will this just be another name in the long list of announcements for the film that will quickly die down as seems to have been the trend for this ill-fated film?