The Crow’s never-made sequel might have looked a lot like Kill Bill

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Nov 1, 2017

Despite a slew of nominal sequels throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, fans of the original never got the spiritual successor to The Crow they've craved since its landmark 1994 release.

While there’s plenty of anticipation for long-gestating reboot The Crow Reborn, some new info has come to light concerning the sequel that Miramax passed on. Coming from a pretty credible source — the comic series’ original creator — it’s safe to say we’re at last getting a sliver of real insight into what that film might have looked like.

Turns out the plot for the never-made movie — pitched to Miramax Pictures in the mid-1990s by The Crow’s comic creator, James O’Barr — sounds a whole lot like the overarching plot for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1, a film Miramax ended up distributing almost a decade later.

Speaking with ScreenGeek over the weekend at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con, O’Barr — who’s reportedly working closely with rumored director Corin Hardy on The Crow Reborn for Sony Pictures — outlined his recollection of how his sequel pitch was supposed to have played out.

Here's O'Barr's version, via ScreenGeek:

“…I wrote a story that was a based on a little incident that happened in Chicago about a woman who was killed at her wedding. I remember reading it in the paper and it was just a horrible tragedy. Some Irish gangsters tried to rob a main perish in Chicago where they held the collections, and they got lost coming down. They ended up in the middle of a wedding and one of the bride’s maid’s boyfriend, in the audience, was a cop and a big shoot out started, church burnt down and 13 people were killed.”

O’Barr went on to reveal that he ended up writing a 16-page treatment titled The Crow: The Bride, an idea he said he sold to the studio for “like $10,000.” But — bang-bang — Miramax shot the idea down, a stillbirth O’Barr attributes to the plot’s emphasis, back in the 1990s, on his insistence on a female lead.

No hard feelings from O’Barr, though. “They [Miramax] paid for it,” he said, “So they had the right” to use the idea.