It’s looking bad once again for the reboot of ‘The Crow‘ as leading man Luke Evans (‘Dracula Untold‘,’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘) might be backing out of the film. This wouldn’t be the first lead that would be leaving the production as previously the role had attracted the attention of Bradley Cooper (‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘,’Limitless‘) before he had stepped out of the role. This is coming directly after the news that director F. Javier Gutierrez had left the production to work on the reboot of ‘The Ring’ for Paramount and was replaced with newcomer Corin Hardy. It almost sounds like going on a recruiting spree could be the first task Hardy has in front of him.
This all just came up during an interview for promoting ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ when Evans was asked if ‘The Crow’ was moving forward as there hadn’t been much progress made as of late. His answer may crush the hopes of anyone who thinks that he would end up being perfect for the role.
“It’s not, no. No at the minute The Crow is not, not for me, I think it’s a little… I mean I’m sure it’s going to go ahead at some point, but I have other projects that are greenlit and ready to go and projects that I’m very interested in and you know, I can’t wait much longer! [laughs]”
So it sounds like the long gestation period of the film is going to cause a scheduling conflict with another movie that Evans wants to pursue. This is a shame as he has long been the most vocal about the project in defending how it is going to strongly adapt the source material and not be a reboot of the Brandon Lee take on the story. Hopefully they can find someone who is just as passionate about it down the line and won’t keep it in pre-production hell for so long that the they don’t lose interest as well.
What impact do you think Evans leaving the film will have on its production? Who would you like to see take the role if he does leave?
Source: Den Of Geek