While there have been some low key sequels, remakes and television adaptations, nothing can quite compare to the original. 1994's The Crow was catapulted into the mainstream after news broke that lead star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during production by the late Michael Massee (Funboy). Leading Miramax Films and director Alex Proyas to consider abandoning the project altogether.
Much like Furious 7 had to reassess their situation some 19 years later with Paul Walker, they utilized the soon to be John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski as a stunt double and the rest was history. Taking in $50.7m from a $23m budget, the sleeper title would go onto become a classic and live in infamy.
Now a fresh edition is on its way.
Producer: New Crow Must Be R-Rated
With Aquaman star Jason Momoa leading the current crop of contenders to portray Eric Draven, executive producer F. Javier Gutierrez was quizzed about the state of affairs for the movie from Forbes. Not contesting the figure of $40m budget to develop the feature, the filmmaker said there is zero chance that a PG-13 rating would happen on his watch.
"With The Crow, I haven't talked to them (studio) in a while so I don't know what is going on with that, but we are going to do an R-rated movie," he remarked. "I come from Europe, I'm very dark so I'm going to go for it. If any movie has to be R-rated then it's The Crow. That's how I got James O'Barr, the creator of The Crow, involved in the project because he said that if R-rated is the way that I wanted to go, he's in.
Even though I'm not directing it now, when I was going to be doing that I explained to the producers that they had to read and understand the comic book and not make the film a PG-13 version because it would make no sense. Some movies are for young people, I get it and maybe you can do it, but this movie is not necessarily for those young people and toning it down would give you a ghost of what The Crow should be."
Schedule Issues Have Delayed The Inevitable
January 2017 was intended to be the beginning of production, but with so much talent attached to the remake, having everyone's schedule line up is easier said than done. Director Corin Hardy is shooting The Conjuring spinoff The Nun. And Momoa himself is away with James Wan for DC's Aquaman.
This opens up the possibility of a summer shoot, but the reboot of The Crow has been teased and promised for a long time. What we do know for sure is that they will stick to the same R-rated tone for a classic and with a limited budget, there should not be too much CGI to get in the way of the gritty action.