The Crow star promises reboot isn't about 'ripping off' the 1994 cult hit

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Jan 9, 2014, 1:23 PM EST (Updated)

Considering the reverence that still surrounds the original 1994 adaptation of The Crow, fandom is a little divided over plans to remake the modern classic — but new star Luke Evans wants to help curb our fears.

Evans (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6) is set to take on the iconic role made famous by the late Brandon Lee, but promises the new version isn’t going to be a retread of what’s come before. He says they're eyeing a new take on the concept and don't want to just use the franchise as a cash-in (like that long string of direct-to-DVD sequels).

Here’s an excerpt from his comments to Red Carpet News:

“We just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic and that means the story will be different. It will be different [from] what people are expecting. It's not about ripping off the Brandon Lee movie. That stands alone as a piece of brilliant 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. It's our chance to do it differently, but as loyal and respectful of the original storyline as we possible can.”

It’s nice to hear that everyone involved seems to have enough respect to leave the original alone, and this fits with previous reports that the new film would be based directly on the 1989 comic book that inspired the 1994 film.

Heck, they even have comic creator James O’Barr signed on to consult, so it can’t be that bad (see recent sequel The Crow: Wicked Prayer for just how bad it could get). What do you think? Does the world need a new Crow?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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