Dallas Observer has run a wonderful in depth interview James O’Barr, creator of “The Crow” comic, to look back on the book’s 20th anniversary. While we’re going to focus on remake talk – Relativity has locked Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct with Bradley Cooper cast as the new Eric Draven – I highly suggest clicking the link to read an emotional reflection on the story that was originally meant as a cathartic response to the death of the author’s fiance.
As for the remake, “I have kind of divorced myself from all of that,” said O’Barr. “I was heavily involved with the first film, and Brandon [Lee] was my friend. I kind of feel like I made my movie, and I really have nothing else to say with that character or that scenario. It was never designed to be a ‘Star Trek’ or ‘James Bond’ franchise, which is what they keep trying to turn it into. Initially, I thought that they would cheapen the first film by making these bad sequels but in reality all they did was make it look that much better.
“Remaking ‘The Crow,’ a film that is only 15 years old, is kind of ridiculous at this point,” he continues. “I don’t think anyone sets out to make a bad film, but the first ‘Crow’ was a $10 million movie. I don’t think it matters how much money you throw at it or what stars you put in it — no one is going to top what Brandon and Alex Proyas did in the first film.”
Frankly, I can’t think of any actor that is going to have Brandon’s physicality and his charisma. I just can’t think of anyone that can pull that off. I actually think of Brandon when I think of ‘The Crow’ now.”