‘The Crow’ Remake Looks Bleak As Pre-Production Suspended

The Crow remake looks bleak after it was announced that pre-production would be suspended on the troubled production.

Screen Daily reports that the film was to be the first to be shot at Pinewood Cardiff, but earlier this week, it was halted and the crew “vacated the studio.”

The 1994 original was critically acclaimed and should have been the star-making performance of lead actor Brandon Lee, who unfortunately died on the set after a prop gun mishap.

While The Crow remake has not had something that tragic occur, it has been plagued with setback after setback, first losing lead actor Luke Evans and most recently saying goodbye to his replacement, Jack Huston, who is widely known for his brilliant performance as Richard Harrow in HBO’s crime-drama series Boardwalk Empire.

The latest visit with Eric Draven was backed in the U.S. by Relativity Media, which Screen Daily notes has gone through several financial difficulties as the film struggled to come about.

Nevertheless, a source close to the company told the site that it “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow,” though this latest setback puts it further out than previously thought.

Some are disheartened by the news because with the casting of Huston and Birdman’s Andrea Riseborough as the film’s main villain Top Dollar, according to Bloody-Disgusting, it started to seem like The Crow remake wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

The film’s writing team also boasted Warrior‘s Cliff Dorfman and musician-screenwriter Nick Cave (The Proposition), two talents seemingly custom-made to adapt the classic James O’Barr comic book character.

Turning Top Dollar into a woman was a particularly bold choice considering that Michael Wincott played the character with such a slithering, ominous overtone in the first film.

Nevertheless, fans of The Crow remake idea are going to have to wait longer.

Meanwhile, remake-haters are quietly rejoicing that the cult classic will be left alone for a little bit longer with some commenters stating it was “the best news I’ve heard all day.”

For those of you who don’t know, the original film version of The Crow — and its graphic novel source material — told the story of Eric Draven, who along with his girlfriend was murdered by a ruthless gang of thugs.

Seeking to right the wrong, a crow brings Eric back from beyond the grave to exact revenge.

So what about you, readers? Happy or sad to see The Crow remake go away, and do you think there are entirely too many remakes these days, or is it about the same as it’s always been? Sound off in the comments section.

[Image from The Crow (1994) via screen cap from DVD edition]