Some fans of The Crow may receive this news as torture, so soon after it had seemed the reboot of the first film adaptation of The Crow had been terminated. Not so, emphasizes creator James O’Barr. In fact, O’Barr views the upcoming retelling of The Crow as something he can finally feel proud to be associated with, as opposed to those “s****y sequels” and a greed-fueled television adaptation.
“The new movie is not a remake of the Brandon Lee film. It’s going right back to the book; it’s like a literal page-for-page adaption of the book,” promises James.
Mr. O’Barr wants dedicated fans of The Crow comic book to know that attention to detail is key to making the new retelling of The Crow a success.
“The trains, the horses, the talking bird, all the visual metaphors. The death figures throughout the thing. The director’s a huge fan, he’s very talented, and I’m working with him on absolutely every aspect of it, from casting to the soundtrack. He’s British and I went and met with him late last year in LA and I spent like four or five days with him but at the end of the first day, we were finishing each other’s sentences,” says The Crow creator. “He brought the book with him and we went through every single page and he wanted to know what everything meant. ‘Why is this here? This street sign — what does it mean?’ Because everything is there for a reason. There’s a street sign that says ‘One Way’ or ‘No Exit,’ those are there for a reason.”
One change that everyone had latched onto and had been looking forward to may not be happening after all. James says that The Crow villain Top Dollar is not going to be female after all.
“Actually that was just something that the press took. One of the gang members is going to be a girlfriend of one of the others,” The Crow‘s author said. “She’s not in charge of anything.”
James O’Barr again emphasizes that he has maintained control over every aspect of The Crow reboot and that he feels hopeful about the direction the reboot is headed.
“Everything seems perfect,” The Crow creator said. “I have control of the soundtrack again, I get to pick the bands again, which I did on the first one, too. So yeah, everything I wanted on the first one, they gave me on the second one, too. The director’s not making any big decisions without talking to me. He’s incredibly talented and he’s a huge fan of the book. So it’s going to be good, it’s going to be really good. And it’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver than to John Woo. The violence is supposed to be ugly, you know? I’m very happy with everything. Sets are being built in Ireland, in Dublin. It’s still very much a live property.”
[Featured image courtesy of Miramax/The Crow]