Luke Evans in Talks to Play ‘The Crow’

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Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow has been a long time coming. Back in 2009 Stephen Norrington (Blade) was writing and set to direct. Nick Cave eventually rewrote the script, and Mark Wahlberg might have starred. But Norrington moved on, and thus began a cycle of new directors and actors being linked to the project. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo almost made the movie with Bradley Cooper starring, and then F. Javier Gutiérrez signed to direct, with Jesse Wigutow writing.

Actors from James McAvoy to Tom Hiddleston have been linked to the lead role since, but now we have a definitive choice to play murdered musician Eric Draven, who is brought back to Earth to avenge his death, and the murder of his fiancé. No, really. This one is going to happen. Read More »

James McAvoy May Play ‘The Crow’

The remake of The Crow — which has director F. Javier Gutierrez attached — has gone through a few iterations over the past couple years. Stephen Norrington and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo have been in talks to direct, and actors such as Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg have been attached to play the lead role, but eventually fell away. Neither guy seemed right to play musician Alex Draven, given supernatural life after death in order to avenge the murder of he and his girlfriend.

Now there’s a report that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class, Trance) is in talks to play the lead role. He’s certainly a much more suitable choice than other actors we’ve heard.  Read More »

Now that Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have resolved their legal dispute over the remake of Alex ProyasThe Crow, it looks like the companies aren’t wasting any time getting the ball rolling. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s resolution  announcement comes news that F. Javier Gutiérrez has been tapped to helm the project, while Jesse Wigutow is on the verge of closing a deal to write the script. More details after the jump.

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Dimension Films Acquires ‘The Greys’

The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films has acquired a mysterious new sci-fi thriller titled The Greys, written by Adam Cohen and produced by Sean and Bryan Furst, along with Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber. Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutierrez is attached to direct. Read more after the jump.

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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.