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Lather, rinse, repeat. You’ll find that on just about every bottle of shampoo you’ll ever buy. The Shampoo Instructions Urban Myth tells the story that during a meeting to improve sales, a clever employee added the word repeat to the original instructions of Lather, Rinse and doubled sales. Hollywood has its own Shampoo instructions, Make Movie, Make Sequels, Remake Movie. This time around producer Ed Pressman (American Psycho) is back with news about the upcoming Crow remake/reboot.

Pressman has been involved with the Crow since the beginning, so that is a point in his favor, Crow isn’t something he just decided to pick out of the Hollywood scrap heap and dust off for a quick buck. It’s his own aged material that he wants to blow the dust off of and make a quick buck. Pressman describes The Crow as:

The anti-Spider-Man.

Here’s the original synopsis:

A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.

Pressman says he expects production to begin in the spring of 2015:

It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago. But the generation today doesn’t even know The Crow.

The generation today doesn’t know about Cop Rock either, but do you want to be the one to tell them about it?

Brandon Lee, who we all know died while making the first film, Vincent Perez, Mark Dacascos, Eric Mabius, and Edward Furlong have all taken lead roles as the Crow in its various incarnations. Word is that Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans will be the latest to smear a crap load of makeup on his face and punch the crap out of evil doers. He’s listed on the IMDB page, but according to Pressman, no casting decisions have been finalized.

*Update: I just found this quote from Evans discussing the role and the remake’s take on the subject matter:

We just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and that means the story will be different. It’s not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie, that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we’re going back to the book, the original book. And that’s exciting because we’re bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. I’m just prepping, it’s all very physical at the moment.

Now if this is the take that sticks, perhaps we’ll get a decent Crow out of this production. My fears are still there though, because I haven’t really liked any of the Crow movies or television episodes that came after the original. Will Evans be up to giving the performance at a level that might capture fans attention again?

For those of you ready to punch me in the face as hard as you can for my attitude about this remake, let me throw this little Pressman nugget out there for you to mull over. When asked about the plot for the remake Pressman said the production would be:

…bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told.

Because that is exactly what every Crow fan wants, someone messing with the origin story. I’m not that big Crow fan and even I don’t want that. What I am interested in is hearing from some die-hard Crow fans. Are you on board for a Crow remake?

Via: THR

Category: Comics, Film

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