Luke Evans Says ‘The Crow’ Reboot Faithful To Original Comic

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Relativity’s The Crow reboot is still progressing (albeit slowly) with Luke Evans attached to star as the new title character.

Red Carpet News TV caught up with Evans at the British Academy Film Awards and chatted a bit about his role as the revenge-driven Eric Draven…

Well, we just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and that means the story will be different,” Evans says of the modern adaptation. “It’ll be different from what people are expecting. It’s not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie, that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we’re going back to the book, the original book. And that’s exciting because we’re bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. So yeah, it’s our chance to do it, to do it differently, but to be as loyal and respectful of the original storyline as we possibly can.“”

I’ve always felt that the comic was way better than the movie, and even Draven and his fiancé’s deaths are different.

Another fun bit is his response to being asked about donning the make-up: “It’ll be interesting, won’t it, to do that? I don’t know how it will feel, I’ve yet to think about that too much. I’m just prepping, it’s all very physical at the moment.

F. Javier Gutierrez will direct if the film ever gets off the ground.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Oh, like how the new Carrie went back to the book and adapted it rather than redoing Depalma’s movie? Note the sarcasm. I’ll believe it when I see it ( wait, I love the original film, so I won’t be seeing this!). Regardless, I’m not mad it’s happening anymore. There are people out there who don’t enjoy the original and are down for a new version and I wouldn’t want to deny them that. I’ll stick with my wonderful old film and those who want it can have this new one as their version of The Crow. Part of me wants to say it can’t be any worse than Wicked Prayer, but then again things can always get worse.

    • Darkness69

      You said it perfectly, WalkWithMeInDarkness. They camouflage this simple money hunt as “going back to the book and adapting it even more truthfully”, but the end product is so bland it is forgotten quicker than it finishes its run in the theatres.

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        Thank you @Darkness69. Yeah, I was like WTF when I left Carrie. Kim Pierce, as well as others involved, specifically said they didn’t take anything from Depalma’s movie, but went back to the book and adapted it more faithfully. What a crock! They didn’t even deliver when it came to the massacre and the destruction. I can’t say the remake is horrible because it’s pretty much the exact same film as the original. The worst I can say is it’s a complete missed opportunity.

  • Sirengx

    Wicked Prayer was better than Salvation. At least it had a better story to it.

    However, as a huge fan of the original, I hated that this was being made because of what happened to Brandon Lee, I would have rather seen them make another sequel. Though, I’ll give this a chance to see if it lives up to the hype.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Yeah, something like Scream 4, a sequel that also serves as a reboot. I know a lot of people don’t understand it, but Brandon Lee just IS Eric Draven to me and I don’t want or need a new person taking on the role. But as I said, I don’t want it but others might, so I won’t go around bashing it. I don’t want to look like a douche who’s raining on other people’s parades.

  • Darkness69

    He says they want to do something different than the cult original. Yet, why is this being made in the first place? To bank in on the nostalgia of those movie goers that are fans of the first movie. There are so many comic books out there that are not getting any silver screen time ever, while they absolutely feel the need to remake or reboot or rewhatever this one because – what? They feel the original didn’t live up to the comic book? The differences between the two are minor details and both stand as unique pieces of art. The movie is holy to me and I don’t think this retelling will bring anything new or valuable to us.

    • doomas10

      It won’t. Remember the Carrie remake, the total recall remake hell even the new Robocop…or pretty much every single remake. It may look good and polished but that would be it in my opinion.

  • doomas10

    The crow is a scared movie for me. I have said a billion times here. Luke Evans looks ok but I simply cannot imagine him at the role of Eric Draven. The original film took some liberties away but I simply do not care since Top Dollar has become one of the greatest villains of all time (instead of being the simple henchman in the comic). Also the incorporation of the nightclubs, the loft flat, the pit, the church all contributed in making the Crow an incredible looking film. Plus, I am sure they are NOT going to have the excessive amount of violence that the comic had. Let alone the drug use the 94 film had. This 2014 baby. Expect mediocre results

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Movies are sacred to us, but obviously not to Hollywood. I’m looking at this the same way as Jackie Earle Haley in the Nightmare remake. He’s A Freddy, Robert is THE Freddy and Brandon Lee IS Eric Draven, while Evans will just be a version the character that even if done well won’t beat Lee. I know some will say “You haven’t even seen it yet, how do you know”? But sometimes, you just know.

      • doomas10

        If they say that, tell to f*** off. We keep hearing these cynics and sceptics but at the end of the day do we know many adaptations or remakes that did justice to the originals? I do not think so. BRandon Lee is Eric Draven forever, one of the best acting roles of all time. His sadness, his movements, his style everything is the way they should be. “Stop me if you heard this one!”. The Crow is in my top 5 films of all time.

        • doomas10

          *them

          Ps we saw what happened to all the latest remakes. Hell even Evil Dead thought it was overrated just because they did have gore in it so we were all “hooray” – no pg-13. But on the other hand, it wasn’t particularly scary. Well made, yes, but I almost forgot it afterwards.

  • Spike0037

    I am a huge fan of the comic and movie. I have read the other Crow comics some that were ok some sucked. Know one is saying anything about that. I will see it and make my judgement a ffter I see it. Most of you are acting like you have sand in your vagina. If this is want resolves under your skin please get help .

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I don’t know if I’m one of the people you’re talking about, but I didn’t bash it. I just said I’m not going to see it.

      • Spike0037

        Why dont you see it. Reserve your opinion for it a ffter the movie comes out. Have you read the comic? Is it wrong there aiming to make it more like the source material? And what if it’s good and does it take away from what Brandon Lee did? Are you and everyone else afraid to like it and saying it was good and saying a remake was good on the internet will take away your street cred on the internet. Think about it.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          @Spike0037 I have no problem saying a remake is good. I enjoyed Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, My Bloody Valentine, Sorority Row, and so on and so forth. I’m just not interested in this new version of The Crow. You keep saying to reserve judgement until I see the film, as though I’m saying it’s going to be shit when I didn’t even say that at all. This movie could be awesome and I hope for people like you who want to see it that it is. I didn’t say one time that this was going to be a bad film, I just said I don’t want to see it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me not embracing a remake of a film when I’m not bashing it and saying it’s going to be bad before seeing it or putting down people who do want to see it. I hope you see it and you enjoy it, but I choose not to partake. And I don’t give a flying fuck about internet street cred. You were insulting me and others by saying we have sand in our vaginas (I’m a male, thank you) and yet I didn’t flip out on you or change my opinion for fear that I’d be judged on the internet for it.

          • Spike0037

            @walkwithmeindarkness As the sand in the vagina goes I am sorry if it bothered I ready am I would have sent this private but doing this on the phone is a pain. My intention was not to be mean spirited. I really am sorry.

          • Darkness69

            Same here. I’m beyond bashing it or anything really, apart from the time they had Jason Statham attached as the title character, which pissed me so much I made an online petition against the movie then (mind you, that was several years ago). Nowadays, I just put the original in the DVD and enjoy it again. If and when it comes out, I know there will be people who will approach me and say “Oh, hey, there’s a new Crow in the theatres – wanna go see it?”, but I’ll kindly decline and do the DVD thing all over again.

  • Spike0037

    And what if you like it. You people jump the gun on this stuff. Let the work speak for it self. And if it suck then bash the shit out of it.

  • Spike0037

    P.S. auto correct really sucks.

  • Brias411

    I’d like to think that everybody who is posting has actually read the comic. I’d hate to think that people are criticizing something that they have had no exposure to. Oh wait I’m sorry that’s what the internet is for isn’t? For those of us who are fans of the comics this might be a glimmer of hope. If treated like a separate entity the original film is ok. It wouldn’t not be as popular if Brandon Lee hadn’t died during filming, since none of the movies he did before it were racing up the charts. For all the Brandon Lee fans out there who did you like Rapid Fire? Let’s hope that IF this movie gets off the ground, it’s what I’ve been waiting for.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I understand where you’re coming from and respect it. I have no problem with this being made because there appears to be an audience for it (people such as yourself). No, I haven’t read the comic, I’ve never read any comics (that’s what wiki and friends who read comics are for!). Yes, I love the original film, but ultimately I don’t feel like we need new versions of every single movie. Sure, they claim it’s a more faithful adaptation of the comic, but did you see the new Carrie? Like I said, if someone tells me this new Crow film is good, I’d watch it at home, but I don’t want to go to a theater to see it. And yes I like Rapid Fire. I even kind of like Showdown in Little Tokyo.

    • zog71

      I’m a big fan of both the movie and comic. Your statement does make sense, because I sometimes wonder if I liked the movie because of the surroundings of it and not because it was a good film. My opinion is that I love the film because for the time it was released it has a different feel and look than any other film that I had seen up until that time. As for his other films, no they aren’t that good, but to answer your question, yes I DO like Rapid Fire. No, its not an action super movie, but it passes the time away and has done several times for me. I even have it on DVD.

    • Darkness69

      I’ve seen both Rapid Fire and Showdown in Little Tokyo and liked them as they are in their own genre (which is far from my favourite), but the question here isn’t what Brandon Lee has or hasn’t contributed to the film, it’s rather about whether one thinks that the movie brought something and expanded the horizon of the comic, or that it didn’t do it justice. Yes, I have read the comic, not all installments, but certainly enough to know its universe, and I believe that the film brought such richness and beauty to it that it certainly rarely seen in such adaptations. Like @doomas10 and @WalkWithMeInDarkness have said, it is sacred to us. I wonder what some would say if the comic got such treatment as my favourite comic did in the past – Dylan Dog with its two movies that are nowhere near the mythology and the right characterization. We Dylan Dog fans are still hoping against hope that there will be a proper movie some day, a movie that could portray Dylan Dog like he really is, finally show his sidekick Groucho, inspector Bloch, have the story set in London, etc.etc. The Crow got a wonderful silver screen homage and the movie certainly paid it proper respect, as opposed to other comic books that get butchered in the process.

  • Brias411

    Oh and by the way prior to the release of the movie the character had no last name that was revealed. The closest we get to knowing his last name is that it ends in an S.

  • MrCreosote

    i don’t have a problem with more crow movies being made, but why tell the eric draven story again? it’s not necessary to reboot the crow, regardless of how terrible sequels have got, you can do practically anything with the concept without any need to tie it to existing characters.
    i think the crow would be perfectly suited to a tales from the crypt type tv format. every episode is a standalone 40min or 1 hour short film, each with a guest director, guest writer and guest stars, each with a unique take on the concept.
    you could put the crow anywhere in time and space, why the hell tell the eric draven story AGAIN?