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‘The Crow’ Remake Dies Before Resurrection

If you’re a film purist who has been rooting against remakes, this is the Hollywood God’s gift to you.

Amidst news that Relativity Media is declaring bankruptcy, the remake of James O’Barr’s The Crow has been “iced,” putting the long-gestured reboot on hold once again.

Production on the remake of cult classic has been “suspended,” multiple sources close to the film tell ScreenDaily.

Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.

While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s US backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.”

Staff at Pinewood Cardiff are understood to be awaiting instruction as to the timetable for the troubled remake, which lost Jack Huston as its lead in June, and Luke Evans prior to that.

Replacement cast has yet to be announced on the action-fantasy, set to be directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), but crew working on the production confirmed to ScreenDaily that Andrea Riseborough had been expected to take on the role of the film’s villain, Top Dollar.

While a number of industry connected to the project expressed optimism to Screen that the production would still go ahead, the development comes at a time when uncertainty surrounds a number of Relativity-backed productions.

The original 1994 film The Crow centered on a murdered rock star who is resurrected in order to hunt down his killers. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died during the film’s production after he was shot with a defective blank.

With this latest delay, I personally expect Riseborough to exit the project, and if Hardy has anything lined up, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him move on to something else, too.

What does this mean? Well, The Crow could be heading back to square one, again.



  • MikeyRey29

    I’m 100% not sad about this at all. Sometimes a movie captivates a mood, a moment trapped forever in time. I feel The Crow did this. It’s one of those movies that if remade could probably never live up to the name.

  • markajacoby

    Good… This way we won’t have to listen to people wet themselves for the next year or so every time they see a photo or a trailer… Then bitch and moan once the movie is actually released and it sucks like we all knew it would!

  • Rick Bastardly

    I just want something as violent as the comics and for Skull Cowboy to actually make it into A movie for once. The only way this movie will work is if they make it more like the book and add some of the more bizarre stuff.

    • Adam Clifton

      You mean all the ridiculous shit that was taken out of the 1994 movie to make it more grounded and ultimately, a better movie? Why?

      • Honcho77

        Yes because a guy coming back from the dead to avenge his and his girlfriend’s death is totally ground in reality. The skull cowboy was filmed, and it looked awesome. It would have been fine to leave that in the film.

      • Rick Bastardly

        So that they aren’t just making the same movie again. Not every movie needs to be grounded in reality either especially ones that involve A crow bringing A man back to life. I really enjoy the original but want something even more supernatural.

        • Adam Clifton

          I’d rather a sort of remake of ‘Spawn’. That movie in 1997 could have been a lot better. I wouldn’t mind them trying to fix that

          • Honcho77

            Get out of my brain!

  • Christopher Pelton

    Well that sucks. I was hoping for a real Crow movie to be made. Well bankruptcy doesn’t mean the end, it just delays it for a unforeseeable amount of time.

  • Adam Clifton

    This is great news. After all the signs telling them to stop this stupid remake, they went ahead anyway until now. What’s wrong with just doing a sequel? Why do we need another Eric Draven story?

    • Varga Ádám

      I guess you also know the answer – cheaper and requires much less creativity : And you’re right, we need new content, not older (though great, still working) movies to be remade like they were too old, or outdated…

    • Weresmurf

      1. It wouldnt be about Eric Draven. Draven only existed for the movie.
      2. The movie was NOTHING like the source material. You would end up with a totally different experience.
      3. The original comic was more of a hellbent horror/noir with a giant figure offing a street gang rather than a dead lover taking down a crime syndicat with martial arts and a swordfight.

      • Adam Clifton

        1. Calling the remake ‘The Crow’ and having the main guy’s name who comes back to be Eric, will make everyone believe it’s Eric Draven.
        2. The 1994 movie was perfection. I would rather see an all-female Ghostbuster movie than see a remake to this and that’s saying a hell of a lot.
        3. What you described would make for a great Crow sequel. It’s not necessary to remake the original

        • Weresmurf

          First point doesn’t matter. Again, Draven was only made for the movie by the director and writer. He’s a different character. His death was different, his revenge was different, even a few of the targets was different. The Crow is *amazingly* different from the comic, but still a damn good movie.

          You may think it was perfection, that’s fine. But it was not perfect in terms of the comic. It was as far away from the comic source material as Nolans Batman movies are (i.e. incredibly so, barely even noticeable outside the makeup/batman suit).

          What I described would make for a great Crow movie in general. Let’s be honest, there’s been ZERO good Crow sequels (or tv series), it’s best to just call it ‘The Crow’ and be done with it if it gets made. Fact of the matter is, anyone who gets confused between a movie made in 1994 and 2016/2017/2018 or whenever, needs bigger help than we can give…

          And that’s the thing isn’t it. They’re *not remaking the original movie*. They’re making a movie of the comic. James O’Barr went on record to say this, he declared the original movie will be its own thing.

          To repeat: It’s not a remake of the original movie, just as THE THING was not a remake of ‘The Thing from Another world’ but the actual source material “Who goes there?”

      • I Am Colossus

        There was sword fighting in the comic, there was a street gang being offed by a character named Eric, in Detroit, with a Crow. It wasn’t that far off really. It was incredibly violent, like the comic. It had the same tone, and wash so colorwashed it was pretty much black and white.

  • brewers_rule

    They seem determined to make this happen regardless so I’m not holding my breath it will finally go away.

  • BrotherofTears

    Awww, what a shame…NOT!

  • Porty Guil

    i think the first crow movie is perfect, don’t touch it. now the sequels, that’s another story

    • Weresmurf

      Its a damn good movie but its not perfect if youre a fan of the source material.

      • I Am Colossus

        I’m a fan of the source material, the film differs from it but that doesn’t make it not perfect. Fact remains that the film took subtle things from the books that were actually filmed and chopped out of the movie as result of Hollywood. Now if you want to re-release a true version of the film that we haven’t seen, I’d be okay with that. Even with bluray DVD, etc. We haven’t had a chance to see the missing film we needed to see ever!

  • huntermc

    Is there really an audience clamoring for a Crow remake? The original was a great movie for its time, but I see very little interest in the Crow these days.

    • Rick Bastardly

      Comic purists tend to want it because the film has the same basic plot but differs greatly in some places.

  • Brooklyn Ann

    Oh I hope this project stays dead. I LOVED the original.

  • Draven

    people dont’ realize that the graphic novel which the movie was based on is very different from the actual movie. the original writer James O’Barr is actually heavily involved in this movie as it was designed to be more accurate to the source material.
    I started off hating the idea of the remake until I discussed this at length with Mr. O’Barr… He actually was the reason I found hope for this.
    The fact that they went so far as to actually discuss the graphic novel with him panel by panel shows they would have tried to stay in line with the original.
    This has nothing to do with disgracing the original movie with Brandon Lee, but more so telling the story the way James would have wanted to without concern of limitations in special effects etc.

  • Laura Eidolon Booth

    Seriousoy, they need to stop with the remake. No one really wants it. The first may differ from the graphic novel, but it’s a beloved classic. Let this stupidity stop. It’s not meant to happen!

  • Krug09

    For 4-5 years everyone drops out after 2-3 months of nothing happening so this is not surprising to me. Anyway, that’s a misleading title.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Surprise, surprise. Only thing left now to try is kick-starter.

  • Grimphantom

    I wish this happen to Akira instead….

  • Nicholas

    Good, it doesn’t need it.
    It may be different to the graphic-novel, but to me that doesn’t matter. If someone is wanting to make a Crow that is based on the novel, then it wouldn’t really be a remake, more of a reboot and should be touted as such.

  • I Am Colossus

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Fuck Hollywood up the ass! Remaking the Crow would be like remaking the Dark Knight! Don’t fucking do it!

  • Darth_Siskel

    There has not been a successful Crow movie since the original.
    “…more faithful to the novel”?
    That’s what they said sbout the Carrie remake…which turnt out to be just a remake of the movie.

  • Darkhearst

    I have the graphic novel, and I remember the movie being the most accurate comic adaptation I had ever seen at the time. I can’t think of anything different in the comic that would have made the movie better.

  • Blue42

    Good, we don’t need another soulless and bland remake.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Yaaaaaaaay! One less cult classic for Hollywood to shit all over.

  • Savage

    GOOD… Leave the classics alone! Go ahead and remake the shitty stuff, but leave our good films be!

  • Good riddance! Nobody cared, leave the classics alone!

  • I don’t think there was much chance of it happening anyway. they kept changing directors and recasting the lead a couple times a year.

  • Walter

    What everyone else said. I’m still trying to fogret that they made sequels.

  • Darnell

    I feel that The Crow was so different and epic for it’s time. I don’t think adapting straight from the comic will work in the current movie climate we have. I feel 1994 was a perfect jumping off point for The Crow. It had a visual style we hadn’t seen, and the performances were spot on.

    I feel about the Crow like I feel about Carrie, and The Shining. The movies are perfect and while the books were great they would not have been as good if they had tried to follow the source material exactly.

    The Shining (the movie), for example is superior to the book IMO, the same goes for Carrie and I think the same goes for the Crow vs. the comic.

    • Megan

      If you think the Shining and Carrie are superior to the books, we have very different tastes.

  • Daniel

    The first two crows were great but the other two were awful. Let the crow R.I.P. the crow is one franchise that does not need to be remade. Why would you try to remake something that is already epic.

    • Tony Quatermass

      I walked out of the second one. About the same as Highlander 2 or Hellraiser: Bloodlines go as far as film that ignore the rules previously set forth by original films.

  • Fuck off with the remakes…come out with original films that become legends on their own and stop butchering the classics you goddamned film-school hacks.

    • Here…how’s THIS for an idea. A country club in a small college town has a dark secret. Its golf course has given birth to many championship winners, but when two teenage club caddies decide to throw a small party during closing hours they discover an underground cult of country-club members in the middle of a demonic-pact ritual to insure their future as golf-playing millionaires. And their worse fears become reality as they seek to escape the underground catacombs beneath the golf-course running for the lives from a psychopath in a gopher mask known as “The Doorman” who wields an assortment of golf-club-murder-tools to keep his masters’ green-jacketed secrets from being revealed… in… a soon to be cult-movie legend… “MEMBERS ONLY”… (you better consult me for a script.)

  • Luca

    Good lets hope it stays that way.

  • Jaybird

    I love this movie. Glad they aren’t remaking it. There hasn’t been one remake lately that I liked better than the original. Some of them are downright terrible. I refuse to watch the new Poltergeist. It was perfect the first time around. It will only depress me to see it redone terribly which I’ve heard it has been. Why doesn’t Hollywood try to come up with some original ideas already? I know remakes are an easy buck for them because you will always have people who want to see it just in case it might be good but you would think they would want to do something genuinely new. It makes one wonder if all these remakes are a result of dwindling creativity in Hollywood or just laziness.

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