Relativity Media announced that James O’Barr the creator of The Crow graphic novel is on board as a consultant for the reboot.
Welsh actor Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6, Immortals) will play the titular role and is the only cast member announced so far.
The film will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez with a screenplay by Cliff Dorfman.
Luke Evans landed the role after several A-listers were attached to the project. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linnings Playbook), James McAvoy (The Conspirator), and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) were all attached to the lead role at some point.
It was reported that the producers really sought out Luke and worked around his busy schedule so that they could secure him for the part. You might be surprised to know that he is also an excellent singer, which could work well for the role of Eric Draven.
The original 1994 movie starred Brandon Lee who was tragically killed during filming. For fans of The Crow, this is a very sensitive topic, and many are not happy that a remake is being done.
“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,” said O’Barr in a statement. “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.”
Eric Draven is a murdered rock star who is brought back to life by a supernatural bird, The Crow, so that he can avenge his own murder and that of his fiancée
Luke Evans, 34, talked about the role with Comingsoon.net:
“It was a very poignant film from my childhood, which I remember vividly. The soundtrack, also. It was such a solid performance that Brandon Lee gave. It was a very tragic end for somebody that probably would have had a very promising career.”
Variety reports that director F. Javier Gutierrez and James O’Barr will be attending a panel at San Diego Comic Con to answer fan questions.
The Crow is set to start filming in early 2014. Are you excited to see this remake?