When news broke earlier this year that Bradley Cooper would be playing Brandon Lee‘s role in a remake of 1994’s The Crow, most of your reactions ranged between irritation and outrage — that is to say, they were generally negative. Well, now I ask you: Is Mark Wahlberg better? How about Channing Tatum?

A new report suggests that Wahlberg and Tatum are among the possibilities to replace Cooper, who has since dropped out of the project due to a scheduling conflict with David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) is still set to direct. More details after the jump.

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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 »

Before Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) makes The Crow, he’ll have a film out called Intruders. We haven’t known much about it other than that it stars Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) features as a priest. Now there is a teaser trailer that makes it look like we’re in for something along the lines of a bigger-budget Paranormal Activity. And while the teaser is appropriately brief, it looks solid. Read More »

Will A Lawsuit Kill ‘The Crow’?

A battle is brewing over The Crow. Producer Edward R. Pressman has been working for over a year to assemble a new Crow film with Relativity Media. Of late, Bradley Cooper has been in early talks to star with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing.

But Harvey Weinstein has entered the picture, claiming that he has a contract “signed by everybody” that gives The Weinsteins worldwide distribution rights for The Crow. TWC has filed a lawsuit against Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media to stop any attempt to see distribution rights to other parties. What effect will this have on the film? Read More »

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A remake of the 1994 film The Crow has been in discussions for years. Mark Wahlberg was at one point going to star, Stephen Norrington was set to direct but, like many projects in Hollywood, it all just sort of went away….until last week. Last week Relativity Media signed 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct a remake of the film, based on the comic by James O’Barr. Next on their list is nabbing a star and Fresnadillo is reportedly talking to Bradley Cooper, who can currently be seen in another Relativity hit film Limitless, to play the lead role of a rock star who is killed trying to save his girlfriend but comes back to life with superpowers. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Previous rumors (from February 2011) have been confirmed: 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now set to direct The Crow reboot. Fresnadillo was once announced as the director of the Gore Verbinski-produced big screen adaptation of the popular video game series Bioshock, and just got finished directing Clive Owen in the horror/thriller Intruders.

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Briefly: As remakes flourish in every corner of the film business, one can’t quite take to the air. The new version of The Crow has been in the works for some time now, once with Stephen Norrington in the director’s chair and Nick Cave rewriting the director’s script. Mark Wahlberg was attached for a moment, but all of these people walked away before the end of 2010, reportedly because a new actor came on board and wanted a new writer to make big changes to the script.

Since then we’ve heard vague rumors about different possible directors. The last was that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) would direct, but now another report says the job might go to F. Javier Gutiérrez. Fangoria says the Before the Fall director might have the gig, but frankly I wouldn’t put too much weight behind either of these rumors without further word. No confirmation from Relativity yet, but I’m expecting them to come back with a noncommittal statement at best. Treat this one as unconfirmed rumor for now.

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Last we heard about the Bioshock movie, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct. That was almost a year ago.

Since then, there’s been no word on whether or not the film would progress beyond its pre-production stage, which seemed like an indication that the project had stalled. But now producer Gore Verbinski has spoken up, assuring that he still has every intention in getting it made, and that doing so is only a matter of bringing down the budget.

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