After countless delays on the reboot now known as ‘The Crow Reborn‘ it looks like the studio has given it a working budget and planned rating! Director Corin Hardy (‘The Hallow’) will have $40 million to play with assuming he doesn’t leave as many of the prior directors such as F. Javier Gutiérrez (‘Rings’) have done. The plan is to give us an R-Rated feature film which would be much truer to the source material then even a PG-13 rating would have been.
The rating should be no surprise as the target audience would be akin to those who enjoyed ‘Logan’ or the violence of ‘Deadpool.’ A few years back an R-Rated comic adaptation seemed like a pipe dream, but thankfully Fox’s work with Marvel’s Mutants have proven that there is absolutely a target audience interested in watching darker and more mature content.
At this time, Jason Momoa (‘Aquaman’) is on board to star in the leading role and unless he ends up leaving the project as Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, and Luke Evans have all done then one would expect things should be moving along soon considering we’ve already passed the initially planned January start date for production.
While Guitérrez is no longer directing the film he is still associated with the project and was just quoted as saying:
“With The Crow, I haven’t talked to them in a while, so I don’t know what is going on with that, but we are going to do an R-rated movie. I come from Europe, I’m very dark so I’m going to go for it. If any movie has to be R-rated then it’s The Crow. That’s how I got James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow, involved in the project because he said that if R-rated is the way that I wanted to go, he’s in. Even though I’m not directing it now, when I was going to be doing that I explained to the producers that they had to read and understand the comic book and not make the film a PG-13 version because it would make no sense. Some movies are for young people, I get it and maybe you can do it, but this movie is not necessarily for those young people and toning it down would give you a ghost of what The Crow should be.”
So, it should be pointed out that he hasn’t “talked to them in a while” and plans may have changed, but that seems highly unlikely that James O’Barr would let his work get anything less after how long it has been in pre-development Hell.
Do you think that ‘The Crow’ would work better with an R-Rating? Will it even see the light of day as shooting has still not started? Share your thoughts below!
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