The new incarnation of The Crow is set to rise at the upcoming AFM with F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm and Luke Evans in the title role.
Creator James O’Barr talked with Korsgaard’s Commentary where he fully gets behind the reboot, and reveals that he’s seen Evans in the Crow makeup!
What I like about what he says is that they’e going back to his source material (for the fifth time) with the new film, and leaving the Brandon Lee-starrer in its own world.
” ‘I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is,’ ” Gutierrez told O’Barr. ” ‘I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation. ‘”
“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book,” he clarifies. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the “Crow” comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.”
Speaking to reinventing the character: “Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy. Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.”
And speaking to the Evans as new Crow: “I’ve seen him in the make-up too, and he looks great.”
Evans will play a man brutally murdered whom comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.