Once upon a time, there was an absolutely wonderful comic book that gained popularity once the series was collected as a graphic novel. The series was dark and beautiful, brutal and heartbreaking, and, above all, very well written. The comic book would spawn a movie that was dark and beautiful, brutal and heartbreaking…You get the picture. This film, 1994’s The Crow, would be a touching and perfect farewell for the star of the film, Brandon Lee, who died during the filming of the picture. Several sequels and an ill-conceived television series would follow but nothing could recapture the magic of director Alex Proyas‘ classic and iconic film. Still, Hollywood being Hollywood, someone decided it would be a good idea to try to capture that magic again by remaking this film but as production continues, so do the problems with the remake. The latest blow to the film? Jack Huston, the film’s star, has officially walked away from the project.
Variety broke the news that the Boardwalk Empire star would no longer be donning the black and white make-up of Eric Draven in the upcoming reboot. For his part, director Corin Hardy, who is helming the project, seems to feel that even without Huston, the project can continue.
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow,’. ‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Not to doubt Hardy but whether or not they got it “right” is yet to be seen. And, really, how “right” could it be if the star of the film decided to walk away from the property just weeks before filming? As a matter of fact, Huston is just the latest actor to step away from the film, after Luke Evans walked away from the same role earlier in the production. Hell, even the director seat seems to be placed right in front of a revolving door, as Hardy, who is a music video director, stepped into the position after others had walked away. Still, with all of this baggage, Relativity Media, the studio behind the project, seems to want to stay the course.
“Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vision for ‘The Crow,’ and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the big screen.”
There are some that may be familiar with Hardy’s work and may share the same sentiment as the studio but there is little doubt that those viewers may not be the biggest fans of the source material or the Proyas adaptation. Speaking of the source material, the pitch that sold James O’Barr, creator of the comic book property, on the reboot in the first place was that this film would not be a remake of the Brandon Lee film but a faithful adaptation of the source material. While the 1994 film was absolutely wonderful, to say that the movie strayed from the source material once or twice would be kind. The fact is that the adaptation removed some very important points from the material (such as the fact that the crow in the story was simply a manifestation of Draven’s broken psyche and was not really there) and as much as fans love Proyas’ vision, seeing a faithful adaptation does pique some curiosity. Especially, considering the original pitch had the story told through vibrant reds, dark blacks, and striking whites, in the same vein of Robert Rodriguez’s vision for Sin City. Whether or not this is still the plan is anyone’s guess but, in his defense, if the movie is still heading in this direction, Hardy’s history with music videos may actually help ease fans of the property into the reboot. As an example, here is a music video directed by Hardy for The Prodigy’s Warrior’s Dance:
Not bad but no one would blame you if you were still on the fence for The Crow.
Are you a fan of The Crow? How do you feel about this project? Will you be in line on opening night or will you be skipping this one?