I remember the day that I bought my first issue of The Crow. It was the summer of my freshman year of high school and I (decked out in the usual goth garb) was headed to the now extinct Atomic Comics in Phoenix to grab an issue of The Vampire Lestat comic book. As I went up to the counter with my copy of Lestat, the clerk asked if I had ever read The Crow, to which I responded “nope”. The clerk directed me to the first issue and I never looked back. When the movie adaptation starring Brandon Lee hit theaters in 1994, I was there on opening night and already knew the soundtrack by heart. While it was a world away from the comic book series, the movie was special in its own right and had a generation of goths supporting our own superhero while mourning the man that died while portraying Eric Draven on screen. Fast forward about 20 years and talks of a reboot have been making the rounds for years but each time it comes close to fruition, some other stumbling block stops any progress. Well, yet another road block, this one if the form of Luke Evans, has just halted the reboot project yet again.
Hot off the heels of the recent announcement that Corin Hardy would be replacing F. Javier Gutiérrez in the director’s chair, Den of Geek was able to catch up with Luke Evans, who was reported to take over the role of Eric Draven in the new movie. If his comments are to be believed, it looks like he may have moved on from the project. When asked if The Crow was moving forward, Evans answered:
“It’s not, no. No at the minute The Crow is not, not for me, I think it’s a little… I mean I’m sure it’s going to go ahead at some point, but I have other projects that are greenlit and ready to go and projects that I’m very interested in and you know, I can’t wait much longer! [laughs]”
Now, there have been a few different people who were rumored to don the iconic white and black make-up since the reboot news started floating around a few years back. Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, even fan favorite Tom Hiddleston were all rumored to play the insane but wonderfully romantic Draven at one point or another but, so far, none of these names, including Evans, were officially announced. In fact, Ed Pressman, who will be producing the remake, has insisted that no casting has been confirmed at this point. That being said, of all the actors rumored for the role, Evans did seem the best suited.
Like millions of others, James O’Barr’s beautiful tale of love, loss, and justice spoke to me in a way that no other comic ever had. The original movie is more than just a classic; it’s one of the most romantic movies every put on film. So, it’s no wonder that many people are really hoping for any wrench to be thrown into the works that will keep a remake in limbo. Until the announcement that Gutiérrez had stepped down from the director’s chair to take a side role as executive producer, I was actually converted by O’Barr’s passion for the new project as well as the direction the remake would take. Now, I can count myself as one of the fanboys that will continue to bemoan the project as it shuffles towards its inevitable release. After all, if it is one thing you can always count on in Hollywood, it’s that the movies you love will eventually be recycled in an attempt to make the rich richer. Even at the expense of a beautiful film which served as the perfect tribute to Brandon Lee, who was taken from the world way too soon.
Are you one of the people that are excited for the new film? How do you feel about Evans stepping away?
Source: Den of Geek