For fans who are concerned The Crow actor Brandon Lee will be ripped off in the new reboot starring Luke Evans, you may not have anything to worry about. Evans himself has now said that The Crow reboot will be original and will not “rip off” the late Brandon Lee’s performance.
Evans, a Welsh actor, who is gaining recognition from appearing in franchises such as Fast & Furious and The Hobbit, is set to take on the role of Eric Draven, which was originated by martial arts actor Brandon Lee in 1994. While fans of the original film weren’t on board for the reboot and some have questioned why this film is being rebooted in the first place, Evans still seems to be very enthusiastic and earnest about taking on the role.
In a video from Red Carpet News, Evans is seen promising fans that the reboot is based on the comic book origin by James O’Barr, instead of the original film.
“It’s not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie, that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we’re going back to the book, the original book. And that’s exciting because we’re bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. So yeah, it’s our chance to do it, to do it differently, but to be as loyal and respectful of the original storyline as we possibly can.”
When the film was in the preliminary stages of being developed, O’Barr had released a statement at Comic-Con about the film before it had Luke Evans attached. It’s pretty much in-line with that Evans said.
“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.”
The original actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed while filming The Crow. Lee was accidentally shot during the filming by actor Michael Massee.