Filming of a remake of cult favorite The Crow is targeted for spring 2015. Producer Ed Pressman announced plans for the remake at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. This means good news for fans who have waited for official announcements between many casting rumors.
Pressman, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the film festival, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter during the festival’s opening night. The producer called The Crow the “anti-‘Spider-Man.'” He hoped to bring more success and new fans to the franchise.
“It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago, but the generation today doesn’t even know ‘The Crow.'”
The National reports that the new Crow will not only remake but reimagining the story.
“We’re doing a new Crow film. We’re doing a whole reinvention of ‘The Crow,’ which will be starting next spring. It’s developed. We have the script. We can’t say who’s starring in it, but we have one. It starts shooting in the spring.”
Dracula Untold star Luke Evans is the latest actor rumored for the remake’s leading role. The comic books will influence the script more, landing this remake as yet one more comic book movie. At the London premiere of Dracula Untold, he shared the same thoughts as Pressman about the direction in which they would take The Crow.
“Well, we just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and that means the story will be different. It’ll be different from what people are expecting. 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.”
The Crow‘s main character, Eric Draven, is certainly an anti-hero if Peter Parker is a superhero. After Draven and his fiancée are murdered, a crow resurrects Draven, who avenges the deaths in gruesome ways that would get no approval from any web-slinging heroes. Part of the movie’s appeal came from the real-life death of actor Brandon Lee during filming. Lee’s father, Bruce Lee, also died while acting.
Pressman is famous for his behind-the-scenes involvement with such films as American Psycho, Thank You For Smoking, and Wall Street. The producer worked on the original The Crow as well as multiple film sequels. He also was behind the television series that aired in 1998. The Crow is just one of multiple remake plans have recently been revealed for film and television, as reported by Inquisitr.
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