James O'Barr The Crow

From the very moment it was announced, The Crow remake had some fans up in arms — including James O’Barr himself, creator of the original The Crow comics. But he’s since come around on the film, and in a new interview he explains why. Gotta say, his case is fairly convincing.

For one thing, O’Barr says, the new film is not a remake but a “literally page-for-page adaptation” of the book, with a slightly different lead. (I’ll let him explain.) And according to O’Barr, the new Crow will be “closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film.” Intrigued yet?

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Let’s say you’re working on a remake of a fan-favorite project — one with such a faithful audience that the very notion of a remake is unwelcome. The best way to make everyone happy is (obviously) to make a good movie, but one strategy to manage the project’s image at an early stage is to get the original creator on board. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell did a lot of stumping for the Evil Dead remake, for example, which definitely helped fans accept the project.

Now Relativity Media has hired The Crow creator James O’Barr as “creative consultant” on the company’s new adaptation of O’Barr’s ’90s comic series. The film hasn’t yet started shooting, and won’t until next year, but O’Barr, along with director F. Javier Gutierrez, will give comics fans a hint of their plans in just a couple weeks at Comic Con in San Diego.  Read More »

Alex Tse Rewriting ‘The Crow’

Courts recently decided that Relativity Media has the Crow remake production rights that the company had claimed, much to the consternation of The Weinstein Company, which was trying to claim ownership of worldwide ownership of The Crow.

So the remake that has Bradley Cooper attached to star and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) set to direct is now moving forward. Once upon a time, when Stephen Norrington was going to direct, the script in play was by Nick Cave — a seriously tantalizing prospect. Now Alex Tse, who co-wrote Watchmen for Zack Snyder, will write a new version. Read More »

Crow Producer Talks Reboot Details

In late 2008 Stephen Norrington signed on to write and direct a new version of The Crow, based (to some extent) on James O’Barr‘s graphic novel and comics about a dead rocker whose spirit returns to seek vengeance on the men who killed him and raped his girlfriend. The 1994 film version directed by Alex Proyas gained instant notoriety when actor Brandon Lee was killed on set, and the film struck a chord with audiences. Naturally, sequels (three so far) aren’t enough, so it’s reboot time.

For the last year the news on the Norrington film has basically been that it is not a remake, that this will be a more gritty take that feels different. Now producer Edward R. Pressman says that Norrington’s script is finished (even though we’d heard that last October) and casting announcements are forthcoming. Read More »

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We’ve known that Blade director, Stephen Norrington, was scribing a theatrical remake of 1994′s The Crow for almost a year now by following all the milky Goth tears. And now, according to an unidentified source via Mania, Norrington has finally submitted his script to Relativity Media (The Wolf Man, A Serious Man), where it has been “very well received.”

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