A soul returns from the underworld next year as The Crow remake, with Jason Momoa most likely to be the main star, flies into theaters on Oct. 11, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sony picked up the movie in September after it had passed through numerous studios, directors, and stars. English director Corin Hardy (The Hallow, The Nun) is expected to take the helm.
The film will be a remake of the 1994 original from Dark City and I, Robot director Alex Proyas. It tells the story of a young man, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), and his girlfriend, Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas), who are brutally murdered on Halloween night. One year later, the man returns — his soul brought back from the Underworld by a crow — to exact revenge on the gang that killed them. Gritty and dark, The Crow is a visionary cinematic feat elevated to beloved cult classic following the death of Lee, who was accidentally shot and mortally wounded in the abdomen by a prop gun on set.
The remake will reportedly be a more faithful adaptation of James O'Barr's 1989 comic of the same name.
Recently, Proyas issued an impassioned plea for the movie not to be remade, calling it an insult to Lee's memory.
"THE CROW would not be a movie worth 'remaking' if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee," he wrote. "If it wasn’t for Brandon you may never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice — and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of 'rebooting' this story, and the original character — a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost — seems wrong to me."
Proyas also called a remake "unnecessary" last March.