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The pinnacle of Alex Proyas’ career as a filmmaker is his 1994 adaptation of the James O’Barr graphic novel The Crow. Of course, Proyas’ two most recent films, Knowing and Gods of Egypt, might seem to indicate that he’s given up topping himself, but that hasn’t stopped others from trying to top his version of The Crow. That is at least until recently when it looked like the rights holders had finally given up on trying to remake the supernatural revenge tale earlier this year. Gone, but not forgotten, one of the many directors on the project recently talked about what could have been with his version of The Crow(more…)

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Hey, remember that remake of The Crow people are always trying to make happen? Remember that the film’s latest director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) walked away from the project? Remember that he was quickly followed by his star Luke Evans (The Hobbit), who was the latest in the long line of actors to play The Crow? And then, miracle of miracles, Colin Hardy (The Hollow) came on board to take over as director, because nothing says this 20-year-old movie deserves to be remade like spending millions more than what the original movie was made for in the first place. And now, so it goes, we have a new Crow to, ahem, crow about. (more…)

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In a move that’s going to put a lot of fans at ease, Variety is reporting James O’Barr, creator of the original graphic novel, is now involved with Relativity Media‘s new adaptation of The Crow as a “creative consultant.” This remake already has F. Javier Gutierrez directing, screenwriter Cliff Dorfman, and Luke Evans attached to star. Shooting won’t begin until 2014, but expect both O’Barr and Gutierrez to appear at San Diego Comic-Con.

Here’s a little statement from O’Barr,

It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.

It seems in the coming weeks we’ll learn more about the direction they’re hoping to take this new adaptation – don’t call it a remake! – but how are you feeling about it now? What do you think of O’Barr coming on board as a creative consultant?

Source: Variety via /Film

From Hardcover to Broadway, ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’ a series of bestselling children books, is becoming a huge hit. The Broadway play has received nine Tony Award nominations earlier this month, and Walt Disney Pictures has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the book into a movie with franchise potential.

Wigutow is currently the man to have with his adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend in development at Summit with director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones“) and a reboot of The Crow at Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see how he handles a more child-friendly story.

Highlights from the Broadway Show:

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. The story precedes J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. So are you excited to see Disney tackle the preceding adventures that made Peter Pan ‘the boy who never grew up’?

We heard yesterday that the lawsuit surrounding the remake of The Crow has finally been settled and that The Weinstein Co. (TWC) and Relativity Media have decided to make nice with each other in the sandbox.

Now it looks like everything is moving ahead full steam as we have a director and a screenwriter on board.  F. Javier Gutiérrez has been signed to direct the remake, and Jesse Wigutow will write the script.

Hit the jump for the official press release!

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