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‘The Crow’ Creator Actively Involved in Reboot

For the last several years now, a reboot of The Crow has been in various stages of development. Most recently, we heard that Corin Hardy (The Nun) was set to direct, with Jason Momoa (Aquaman) attached to star; that’s apparently still the plan… with Sony now on board. Although yet to be confirmed, a few months ago it was reported that Sony Pictures has signed on to distribute The Crow Reborn worldwide.

With a distributor in place, creator James O’Barr is telling Los Angeles Comic-Con fans that he expects pre-production to begin as early as February 2018.

“As of right now, it’s slated to start pre-production in February with a very talented British director named Corin Hardy,” ScreenGeek reports. “I’m involved in every aspect of the film and working closely with the director.”

The big news here isn’t just that he confirms Hardy’s involvement, but that the creator of the franchise is actively involved! The Crow Reborn is being described as a reboot as well as a more faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel written by O’Barr.

The Crow follows Eric Draven (who would be played by Momoa), who returns from the dead to track down his killers and avenge his murdered fiancé with the help of a mystical bird.

Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow previously acquired the rights to finance, produce and distribute the film.



  • MeeGhoulz

    It’s the work of his life… at least he’s not licensing the story for anyone who wants to do shitty productions out of it anymore. Love Brandon in the first one, very unlikely any actor can top his performance.

    • Saturn

      Although the movie has become iconic, in the same was as Enter The Dragon has for his father, I wonder if people would have the same attitude that his performance can’t be topped if he hadn’t died?
      In the same way that we all know that if Heath Ledger didn’t die after making The Dark Knife he really wouldn’t have been awarded the Oscar for a “superhero” movie.
      Not saying that the guy wasn’t a great actor – he was, but if he’d lived?

      • MeeGhoulz

        Gotta admit I don’t really think about it… but I get your point.

        • Saturn

          Chortle, I had to go back and edit my previous comment as I seemed to say that Ledger was in a movie called The Dark Knife! Corrected now though.

          I’m not saying that he didn’t deserve the Oscar, but there is a lot of snobbery when it comes to award ceremonies, and they really don’t like giving the big awards to horror movies (or superhero flix) as they seem to believe they are above all that.
          I know there are examples, ie Rick Baker’s make-up work on AWIL, which is rumoured that the award was created specifically for his work on Werewolf. Which if true? That’s nice.

  • Saturn

    The Crow franchise has been hit and miss (mostly miss) – obviously the original movie is a classic (I’ve never read the comic – ahem, sorry – graphic novel, so can’t compare, but I hear it’s pretty good, but the follow up movies were subpar, to say the least.
    I remember watching the tv show for a few episodes, which I actually enjoyed, but fell behind for some reason or another and never went back to it. Perhaps I’ll try and source it again to give a finish.
    Hopefully this new movie (when it finally happens) will be hard R as you call it over the pond and Momoa kicks arse as I reckon he could be decent in the role.
    I’m looking forward to his take on Aquaman, and don’t give a shit that he’s not a blonde haired white guy like in the original source material – all I know is that he’s a pretty bad-arse.

    • MeeGhoulz

      Momoa deserves the love, but if there’s a challenge to be faced is the original Brandon Lee acting… at least they are trying a new direction more akin to the source material, the graphic novel is great.

  • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

    I feel Momoa is too big and menacing for him to work as this character.

  • Necro

    For some reason I really liked ‘City of Angels’! Also from the original film I like Michael Wincott (‘Alien: Resurrection’, ‘Metro’, ‘Talk Radio’), I don’t recall him being in anything I’ve seen recently, the guy was very underrated IMO!

    • Mark Lepine

      The last thing he was in was Ghost in the Shell.

  • David Lees

    I like Momoa but I feel he’s miscast in this. Eric was supposed to be an Iggy Pop-esque, wiry rock musician. If he’s already a giant muscled badass-looking SOB before he gets murdered it just doesn’t have the same impact.

  • DukeStKing

    My God. The first one was a piece of crap. The acting was horrible! Another movie that received such hype, that people were afraid to talk badly about it. And this was before social media. Watch it again and see if you can keep from wincing at the inane dialogue.

    • I Am Colossus

      Shut the fuck up

      • DukeStKing

        “Shut the fuck up?” That’s the best you could come up with? This is why children should be seen and not heard. Let alone comment.

        • I Am Colossus

          Oh I can do better just pointing out how you should really stop embarrassing yourself….I wish you wrote your comment on real paper….then you could take it, roll it up really tight and stuff it up your ass where you pulled your pussyfaced head from…. but your just a troll motherfucker online so nevermind go about your business

          • DukeStKing

            Good one! Perhaps you should change your moniker to ‘I Am A Colossal Illiterate.’

          • I Am Colossus


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