The Crow's original creator offers an update on that long-gestating reboot

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Oct 31, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT (Updated)

We’ve been waiting a while to find out what’s up with that reboot of genre classic The Crow, and the series’ original creator James O’Barr has a lot of new intel to share.

O’Barr, who created the original comic that Alex Proyas’ seminal 1994 film was based on, chatted with Korsgaard’s Commentary about how things are developing with the new version of the film. Instead of a remake of the first film, O’Barr says that likely director F. Javier Gutierrez is planning a “page-for-page adaptation” of the original comic, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) in the starring role.

O’Barr has a solid take on how they plan to redo The Crow without treading on what Proyas has done before, and it sounds like he’ll have a good bit of input on everything from the script to the soundtrack (see: Joy Division, The Cure). Check out some choice excerpts from the interview below:

“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book. 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 …

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 …

Javier, Luke and I went to the studio and said we won’t do this unless all three of us do it together. I said if you want me involved, this is what I need, I want control of the soundtrack, like with the first one, I want a voice on all the casting, and I want to be able to give my two cents on the script and the characters, and they agreed to everything. I think the studio understands that if they want a Crow ‘franchise’, they have to get it right.  We’re hoping to begin production later this month, and start shooting in the spring.”

It’s taken a while to get to this point, but we’re glad to hear production could ramp up in a matter of weeks. Once that starts, we’re hopeful they can actually draw a bit closer to hitting that proposed spring shooting date. Do you think this sounds like a good approach?

(Via Collider, Korsgaard’s Commentary)