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Alex Proyas Says ‘The Crow’ Shouldn’t Be Remade

Alex Proyas Says ‘The Crow’ Shouldn’t Be Remade

For those who don’t know, there’s a dark history behind the Alex Proyas-directed adaptation of The Crow.

On March 31, 1993, star Brandon Lee died during filming in an accident that involved a prop gun. With the help of stunt doubles and special effects, Proyas was able to complete the film for release in 1994. It was a traumatic experience for Proyas, who had bonded greatly with the up-and-coming young star.

Now, 20-plus years later, Corin Hardy (The Nun) is set to direct a remake with “Game of Thrones” and Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa set to star as Eric Draven, a man who returns from the dead to track down his killers and avenge his murdered fiancé.

Proyas is greatly against the reboot, writing a lengthy plea on his Facebook page.

While we understand his emotional connection to the film and empathize with his grief, it’s hard to agree here. Firstly, The Crow wasn’t created by Lee or Proyas. The 1994 film was an adaptation of James O’Barr‘s comic character who first appeared in 1989. It was a direct and mostly faithful adaptation to his comic series, which led to various already released sequels. I think Proyas takes issue with the remake, as opposed to sequels, in that he believes Lee personified Eric Draven and made the character his. Unfortunately, it’s not… The Crow is O’Barr’s creation.

In fact, O’Barr openly stated that he’s not only behind the reboot, but also intimately involved.  This is not to take anything away from Lee’s legendary and iconic performance (The Crow is one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time), but it’s not really Proyas’ place to decide the future of the franchise, which is why he’s not involved. With that said, I really wish the filmmakers behind the forthcoming reinvention would have taken the fresh adaptation in a new direction by turning The Crow into a woman. No matter, it can’t rain all the time…

What do you think?



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  • Jay

    I’ve never watched any of the Crow sequal’s. Nor will I watch the reboot. The original is a special stand alone classic. Good luck with the reboot though but I won’t be watching it

    • Justin DeArmond

      the second film was bad but worth a watch, had a good soundtrack. The first one is heart wrenching film to view. it makes me tear up everytime I watch it, and the music is eerily haunting and sad, but a perfect match for the movie. Lees performance is spectacular and I just cannot see anyone else playing the character as well as him. Line up 100 people that have seen the Crow films and ask them which played the part better, id bet folding money 99/100 say Lee did.

  • With all due respect, Brandon Lee does not own the character. Of course other actors can come along, just like with The Joker, James Bond, and any other role. Stating otherwise is a limited way of thinking.

    • hatter76

      With all due Respect, you really shouldn’t be saying that Lee does not own that Role, because he payed a pretty serious price for it, he may not own it as property, but he does own it in Spirit, He will always be merged in a way that can’t be undone, no matter who else comes along and plays the role, no matter how great they may be in it, no matter how much they may make it their own. Lee’s Crow will always stand as something untouchable, that Original Film is his Headstone, sure another movie can be done, another Actor can do it, but it won’t have the same novelty to it, certainly it could be good or great. should a new one be done? obviously that’s a matter of opinion, personally, the Original still feels like a one time thing, a Remake or new Adaptation will only be a Remake or new Adaptation, for better or worse

      • There will always be re-interpretations and reinventions of the role. Even his performance was an adaptation of a comic book. He doesn’t own the role, even in spirit. That’s not to take away from his performance, but the character is bigger than Brandon Lee. Also, aren’t there multiple Crows in the comics to begin with? Subsequent Crow movies are not beholden to Brandon Lee.

        • hatter76

          why are you asking me about comics? I’m not talking about a Comic, I’m talking about a Film, I’m talking about the motion picture personification, I never said additional Films would be Beholden to Brandon Lee, though now that you mention it, they will to some extent, there is no getting around that, in general there would already be a comparison, I never said there would not new other Interpretations, what I am saying, is that a Standard was set, and it’s going to forever cast a shadow on anything that comes after, whether you agree with it or not, Brandon Lee is Immortalized as that character(whether he wanted to be or not) as I said, the man paid for it with his Blood, that Blood is not coming off, there can always be another, and that other can be great, but it’s not going to wash that blood away, I’m not saying this because I believe it, I’m saying it because it’s true, that’s just the way it is, That Original Film, will always be covered in Lee’s Blood, this was true the day he died, and this is true now. that’s not saying that there couldn’t or shouldn’t be a new film, it’s just saying that you can not disassociate The Crow from Brandon Lee, it’s always going to be tied to him, that does not mean it can’t be associated with someone else as well, but it’s not going to be the same. again, another Actor can definitely (and has) taken on the exact same Role(On TV) I’m not saying that it’s Blasphemy to have another Actor, just saying, a Legacy exists that can not be erased. When I say that Brandon Lee owns the character, I’m not talking about an Intellectual Property, I’m talking about a Legacy, it can’t be taken away from him, what can be done, is someone else forges a New One!

          • The films are adaptations of the comics. And while no one can take Lee’s legacy, the future films are not beholden to him. Other actors will give their own take, just like with Batman, James Bond, ETC. This isn’t any different. The character existed before Lee and will continue to exist after. But yes, he is undoubtedly iconic and immortalised.

          • Kaa McHorror

            The original film wasn’t that great. Something closer to the comic would be better. Mr. Lees’ take on the character was not something I cared for at all.

          • Stewart Cook

            You clearly weren’t around when it came out or you wouldn’t have this opinion. The Crow was MASSIVE when it hit. It’s as up there for relevance to Superhero films as ’89 Batman.

  • James

    Sure it’s not his character, but Lee was perfect in the role and the upcoming remake will never top the original film.

  • MrX13

    I respect Proyas and firmly believe that this movie shouldn’t be remade nor sequels allowed. The original is already a perfect movie which happened to be Lee’s last movie. Let it be!

  • Creepshow

    The original will top this POS remake by it’s soundtrack alone (remember those?). And I really don’t give a rancid shit about a Jason Mimosa either.

    • Eastman420

      The music just gave the movie so much more of “that feel” the original has. This wont come close to that.

    • Simon Allen

      Back slowly away from Aquaman….. NOW !!!

      • Creepshow

        I heard he can talk to his own crabs. *scratch scratch*

        • Travis_Bickle

          I got crabs from watching Justice League. Still trying to get rid of them.

          • Creepshow

            Yup. Another movie that makes you want to Mike Tyson your dick.

  • Alanmac

    They need to stay as far away from this project as possible. I’m not usually one to discourage remakes because, a lot of the time, I really enjoy them. But THIS one needs to be left alone.

  • ShadowInc

    I’m disappointed with the casting of the new CROW movie, more than the fact that it is being remade.
    If you look at the book, Draven isn’t a big, jacked to the gills wrestler looking bro. The character is a lean goth rocker with a Iggy Pop physique. Plus, there is a sensitivity to Lee’s performance that I doubt Mamoa is going to be able to pull off.

    • In the comics, several other characters have become the Crow. It isn’t just Draven.

      • ShadowInc

        The article says Mamoa is playing Draven.

    • turk

      Better go read the comics again, then. When the police are searching for him, they describe a very large man, saying his height is about 6′ 5″ (or 6′ 6″, I forget). Momoa is much more physically like Draven from the book than the wiry Lee was. I know O’Barr’s art wasn’t always consistent, but Draven was usually drawn a hell of a lot more meaty and built than Iggy Pop.

      • Stewart Cook

        See above. Dickhead.

  • Sin Ner

    My issue with the remake / reboot / whatever is that “why is this needed?” The original still holds up well on its own.

    If they want to do a female crow, go adapt the “Flesh and Blood” series that came out a few years ago. At least that would be something we haven’t already seen before.

    • Marla

      “why is this needed?”

      Just like the Terminator franchise.

  • Eastman420

    No should be left alone shit will be horrible. Why they pick that dude for Eric. Swear everybody has to be a huge frickin guy now.

    • Runciter

      Please, do something with your punctuation, this was fucking painful.

      • Eastman420

        Suck my cock

    • turk

      Lee was nothing like the character from the source material, in size, shape, looks, or demeanor. I want to see what Momoa does with the role.

      • Stewart Cook

        Again fucktard go read the fucking comic. Moron.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Why the fuck would you make the crow a woman?

  • Simon Allen

    I’m not listening to the man who Directed “Gods of Egypt ” .

    • Bryano

      His later movies aren’t great, but The Crow and Dark City are both terrific in my opinion.

      • Runciter

        Yeah, he started his career with two fantastic movies with extremely strong atmospheres, then suddenly went “meh”…

      • Stewart Cook

        Garage Days is awesome too.

        • Bryano

          Haven’t seen that one, I’ll seek it out.

    • Stewart Cook

      Maybe you should go watch some of his other films before you judge the director on his studio-interfered-with latest project.

  • horrormaker

    they should leave it alone. He was good in the film and since he was killed make it a ‘In Memory Of’ film. Lee is the only person who I thought would have done the Matrix better than Keena Reeves, whom I do like as an actor.

  • Darkness69

    Alex is 100% right, and Lee definitely made this role his. This abomination will be quickly forgotten, just like “Carrie” and all those other misbegotten sequels, reboots, remakes, etc. Brad, your paid-for praise for a film that isn’t even made yet is not only lame, but also disrespectful and reeks of horror ignorance.

  • Boydon

    You clearly missed the point of his plea. Proyas never once stated that the crow was created by either him or Lee (like wtf), only that Lee’s passionate involvement in the development and production of the film helped bring little known comic to mainstream audiences. Obviously Proyas has no say in the decision making which is why he’s pleading to the people that do. The remake is absolutely unnecessary. The original holds pretty well today.

  • It’s best not to think of it as a “remake / reboot”, but just another adaptation of the same source material. The new film might have little to do with the Brandon Lee film, similar to Dredd and Judge Dredd.

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  • Geen Skade

    Remake of The Crow ?? Hell No !!

  • ChowYunPhat

    James O’Barr is currently sitting at shitty Comic Cons, signing pictures he’s drawn of crap like Reservoir Cats. All O’Barr cares about is a check and not the legacy of his own work. Proyas actually cares about the significance of his work and and what it means to the memory of Brandon Lee. Proyas is in the right, here. Fuck the people who are only looking to make a buck.

  • CLC

    Big shoes to fill and frankly a movie also in my thoughts that does not need a remake because it still holds up to this day and Brandon Lee, I agree owned the shit out of that comic character. There is a passion and heart to that the movie and Lee’s performance just comes across. I have nothing against Jason or O’Barr involved in the reboot but there just shouldn’t be one is my opinion.

  • Despite the fact that he’s right… Alex Proyas is a fucking cunt.

    • Justin McGill

      Why if I may ask about Proyas?

  • Bart Crowe

    How long has a Crow remake been in the works? It feels like it’s been in talks since the early 2000’s.

  • SpacemanSpliffz

    as a fan of o’barr’s original works, then the crow movie when it came out – he’s right. aquaman does not fit the look or feel of the role, brandon captured and embodied the crow perfectly, you could swap him into any comic panel and it would fit. hairy, muscle bound, caveman foreheaded aquaman does not fit the bill. at all. when they wanted to cast tom hiddleston as the crow i still had doubts, but was more on board as tom has incredible acting chops, has the same look and build that o’barr’s original vision of the crow has, and makes momoa look like a giant lunk head. this remake needs to die quickly

    • turk

      I can’t believe you read the comic at all. If you actually had, there is no way you’d think Lee looked anything like the character in the comics. Eric Draven in the comic was a hulk of a man, with a comment even made by police that he is about 6′ 5″. The comic made many remarks about his vast size (not to mention the artwork showing him as built like a shit brickhouse). Lee didn’t fit it at all. And he certainly looks nothing like the spikey-haired comic version with his curly locks and lithe frame. You can question Momoa’s acting talent (I haven’t seen enough of him to have an opinion), but the fact is, physically, he is much closer to the comic version than Lee.

      • Stewart Cook

        Clearly you haven’t. Eric is not a body builder dude. Eric was based on Iggy Pop (O’Barr’s words, not mine). So go educate yourself before you abuse people with your “knowledge”.

        • turk

          Iggy Pop was obviously an influence. But there are plenty of pictures of Draven looking much more muscular than Pop. And he most certainly was 6′ 5″, as the comic says. What was Lee? 5′ 10″? Anyway, I just don’t see why everyone is so caught up on Lee as some archetype for Draven. I look forward to seeing a film that actually follows the comic. It helps that O’Barr is much more involved in this one, so I’ll defer to his vision if he is OK with Momoa.

          • I Am Colossus

            He is not a hulking figure…what the hell did you smoke before you read those books…he’s a tall gangly dude…

          • turk

            He’s 6′ 5″ with every muscle protruding. He has an eight-pack, ffs. And when O’Barr wasn’t involved they chose the small Lee. When O’Barr is involved, Momoa is chosen. I’ll go with O’Barr’s judgement.

          • I Am Colossus

            Motherfucker, Mamoa wasn’t their first choice….lol stop tryna fucking back up your shit….Mamoa WOULD, COULD, AND SHOULD be in the movie. But not because he’s hulking…slow down now

          • turk

            He can become more defined than bulky, but he still has to be very well muscled to fit the part. But you can’t grow taller. So, yeah, I want to see how he does.

          • DeadFuck

            He was also based on Peter Murphy, who is rather skinny

          • turk

            I don’t really see that at all. If anything, he looks more like vintage Daniel Ash in the face and hair.

          • DeadFuck

            He composited a character from Iggy (and sometimes Peter Murphy) with Daniel Ash hair. Some drawings are directly taken from pictures of Peter Murphy. You seem to really know the character and the source material. I’m confused as to why you think Moma is a good fit. He is too hulkish. Your only reasoning seems to be a throw away line about him being 6 ft something. O’barr was little more than a kid when he made the Crow. While the book has heart, it isn’t perfect or anything. Neither Brandon Lee nor Hunky Aquaman are perfect fits for the character. No one is going to be, because people don’t look like Eric in real life. Eric doesn’t even look the same from panel to panel.

          • Vivi Pestilenz

            His face was based off of Peter Murphy.

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      • SpacemanSpliffz

        lol yeah ok bud

      • Vivi Pestilenz

        agreed

  • Logan L

    Lets remake Pyscho and Pulp Fiction while we’re at it. What’s the point of these remakes? The originals work and we don’t need to see a retread. Especially, not when the MAIN actor died while making the film. Just leave the spirit alone.

    • I Am Colossus

      Best comment ever!!!!!

      • DeadFuck

        They remade Psycho twice

  • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

    Just leave it alone. The original is perfect.

    • Bill Agans

      No, it’s not. It wasn’t even a faithful adaptation of the original story.

      • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

        I’m sure him drinking a Coke instead of a Pepsi will revolutionize its cinematic appeal.

  • Justin McGill

    Why. Just WHY re do Draven? There are multiple stories about The Crow.. they’re was one set during the civil war that sounded kind of cool. Why not use one of those stories instead of redoing what’s already been done?

  • turk

    The Lee movie was entertaining, but it barely resembled the comics. And Lee certainly wasn’t some great embodiment of the character presented in the comic as a lot of people here are claiming. Draven was supposed to be a huge revenant with massive musculature (like Momoa) and described by police in the comic as 6′ 5″. Really, I doubt that movie would get half the accolades it does if not for the tragic accident. It somewhat stands on it’s own as a film, but has so many key differences from the comic that I think a “remake” that follows the original source material is a very good idea. Plus, that whole “shoot the crow and kill the man” Hollywood ending crap was so stupid. Great soundtrack, though.

    • Stewart Cook

      You clearly haven’t read the comic. Eric was NOT a Momoa like “revanant”. Sure the film is different, but the essence of the character is bang on. Go read the f**king comic before you talk sh*t.

      • turk

        From the comic book…I double checked and it states he is 6′ 5″, dumb ass. And I have a tattoo from the damn book on my arm. So, yeah, I read it. A lot more carefully than you, poseur. Lee was fine in the movie. He wasn’t a good representation of the Eric Draven from the comic. Maybe Momosa is a bit beefy for the role, but he’s still closer than Lee. And a revenant is someone or thing that has arisen from the dead, so not sure why you put that in quotes other than just abject stupidity.

        • Stewart Cook

          Holy fuck dude. WHO GIVES A FUCK what the actors height is. Of all the points ever made to me in a discussion about why something matters, this is literally the fucking stupidest one ever.

          Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine rests my case on that point just fine.

          I know what a revanant is, but thanks for taking the time to check your dictionary for me. I put it in quotes to highlight your desperate use of of the word to appear “knowledgeable”.

          When you’re done jacking off over yourself in the mirror, go read the book and watch the film again and try not to slip on any more big words.

          • turk

            The point is, idiots like you on here saying Lee is the end-all, be-all representation of the character. And that is utter and complete bullshit. Anyone who has read the comic knows that. Other than the characters, a few select scenes, and the basic outline of someone returning from the dead for revenge, it doesn’t have much to do with the comic. The characters are entirely different and the plot is entirely different. And I would love to see a movie that does follow the comic. Whether Momoa can pull it off or not, I can’t say. But saying he doesn’t fit the character is just something ignorant people are saying because they are stuck on Lee’s role as the template. Whose to even say what Momoa will look like in the role? Actors often change appearances from movie to movie.

            Now obviously, given your juvenile little antics here, the comic must be well before your time. But I suggest you actually read it. Because there’s no way you could be so ignorant of the details if you had. And you so didn’t know what the word “revenant” meant. Most people do. But you didn’t. That’s why you think only smart people use it.

          • Bill Agans

            Not only that, but he wasn’t originally a musician either. He was a construction worker.

          • Quest

            I disagree here… Being an X-Fan since long before the movies or animated series, Jackman’s height was one of my biggest gripes with the films. I’ve never accepted Jackman as Wolverine because a huge part of the Wolverine character is that he is only 5’3″.

          • turk

            And I would be shocked if there isn’t another actor that takes over the Wolverine role in some future film. But then I guess people will be bitching that “Jackman owns it!” at that point, too.

        • Quest

          He wasn’t Draven in the comic book

    • Jeff

      Both Brandon and Eric are 6 foot. Jason Mamoa is 6’4. Please tell us again how he is closer to the look? Might want to look something up next time before showing everyone what a fool you are.

      • turk

        This is the internet. Go look it up. He is 6’5″ in the comics. The police officer states so when they are looking for him. So, in your world 6′ is closer to 6’5″ than 6’4″? And here the rest of us are stuck in actual reality.

  • Stewart Cook

    Holy crap couldn’t be more wrong. Go make as many Crow films as you want, but the story of Eric Draven IS Brandon epitaph as a performer. It should never, ever be remade. It’s just not cool. I hope this shitty cash grab tanks harder than any film ever.

    • Quest

      Agreed

      • FortesqueX

        I agree, as well.

  • Quest

    I think a remake of the Eric Draven story is stupid and they should just Reboot the franchise with one of the many other Crow stories that can be found in the numerous comic series that have come after the original.

    • Saturn

      If they must go back to the original movie, why not just a direct sequel with the young girl (I don’t remember her name at the moment) be involved at some level – perhaps she’s grown up and got kids of her own, and something bad happens and she has to return for revenge….

      • Azwethinkweiz

        She is a central character in City of Angels as an adult.

        • Saturn

          I remember seeing that movie when it was first released, but remember nothing about it (aside from it being shite) aside from the scene at the end with the murder of crows.

          • Azwethinkweiz

            Had Deftones in a small cameo towards the end. Honestly the best part of the movie.

          • Vivi Pestilenz

            iggy pop

      • Bill Agans

        There were several references in City of Angels from the original movie. Sarah not only had the cat, but the engagement ring Eric gave her. Plus, it’s the only direct sequel out of them.

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    This douche is simply trying to draw attention to himself and his “crow” movie.
    There have been who gives a shit how many crap “crow” movies and a crap tv series since his movie . ( a movie that profited heavily from Lee’s death.) In addition to the fact that his movie was crap as well.

    Please.

    • I Am Colossus

      The sequels suck….the TV show sucked….the reboot has been in limbo for forever and only on the strength of the original…. He doesn’t need to draw people’s attention to it… the fans already give it to the movie

      • Bill Agans

        City of Angels was good.

        • I Am Colossus

          No…no it wasn’t. It followed too much of the same shit…but fucked up, went perverse, less action, more of all of the wrong things

          • Bill Agans

            That’s ur shitty ass opinion.

          • I Am Colossus

            It was also everybody else’s opinion that seen that half-assed, beginning of the end, piece of shit movie

  • Spindles

    Shameless cash grab. The Crow, both the movie and graphic novel were products of its era – in all of its gothy, gritty, metal-industrial late 80’s/early 90’s glory.

    • suckit15694

      amen !

  • Meatwad

    Nothing is sacred any more when up against profit for the ‘All mighty dollar’.

  • FortesqueX

    Casting Momoa as Draven is like casting Melissa McCarthy as Catwoman.

  • suckit15694

    no . keep it as close to the original . male. black and white. horror .

  • Jeffrey Oak

    How about Rose McGowan as the Crow?

  • Spencer Rutt

    everything good will be remade into a reboot mess sooner or later… just how it is.

  • Bergmans Chris

    Damn right!

  • nikitas

    Just let it be.This cursed franchise has suffered a lot.

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