The Hollywood Reporter is sharing that the 1996 cult classic The Craft will be getting a remake courtesy of Sony Pictures sometime next year. The studio has signed Honeymoon directer Leigh Janiak to write and direct this new version. On the heels of recent trailer upset from Jem and the Holograms and mixed reviews from Supergirl, can the nerd community take another hit? “By the power of three times three, make them see, make them see” – cast some spells with us after the jump! (more…)
Many of you might be thinking, “Huh? Who? Wha–?” Well, if you weren’t checking out Hot Topic on a regular basis circa 1999 (which, I totally was, sorry) then you might not know the young goth, Emily the Strange. She began as sticker created by skater, Rob Reger and then grew into a brand all her own; always seen sportin’ a stylish black dress and commonly accompanied by her cats, Sabbath, Nee-Chee, Miles and Mystery. Soon, Emily was appearing on t-shirts, school supplies, posters, you name it. Whatever her parent company, Cosmic Debris, could slap her bored, gothy face on.
Eventually, the Emily the Strange-phenomena birthed a comic book series from Dark Horse Comics and a young adult book series from Harper Collins. Emily had made it big, she even has own retail stores in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Greece! The only thing left is a feature film, which, luckily for her, she’s getting.
Back in 2008 the rumors began of an Emily the Strange movie from Universal and it even snagged Kick Ass‘ Chloe Moretz for the starring role. Today it was announced Melisa Wallack (Snow White, note, not Snow White and the Hunstman) has been picked to write the screenplay. No plot details have been revealed but the rumor is it’ll deal with, “how she came to gain her abilities that fuse technology and imagination.” Abilities? Technology? Imagination? Obviously, Emily has grown a lot since I was buying her t-shirts proclaiming how everything is boring. (Really, was I a little dark poser as a kid, or what!?)
I haven’t read any of the comics or novels that expand upon her character so insight from fans would be appreciated, but is a movie based off a sticker really gonna fly?
I never understood the attraction The Crow has for some people, a scary guy in pancake makeup comes back from the dead and beats up bad guys. The crow as a bird gets a bad rap out of this whole thing. Suddenly tied to the Goth movement, the crow is just an innocent bystander caught up in the teenage angst and frustration. Really, I see the Crow in makeup and think . . . EMO KID! So when I hear that they are remaking the movie I pretty much sighed and clicked the next page. Really, the whole Crow thing wouldn’t have been so big if Brandon Lee hadn’t died, that’s what pushed it.
So producer Edward R. Pressman has been putting together a new Crow film with Relativity Media. Bradley Cooper of The Hangover has been in talks to star with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later directing.
Now Harvey Weinstein rises from the dead, just like the Crow sans white pancake makeup, and claims that he has a contract “signed by everybody” that gives The His company worldwide distribution rights for The Crow. TWC filed a lawsuit against Relativity Media to stop any attempt to sell distribution rights to other parties. So where does this leave the Crow movie? Bert Fields, legal rep for the Weinsteins, said,
“Mr. Kavanaugh was not going to honor that contract. Apparently, he’s going to sell these rights to others. He made a bunch of threats… Some people may submit to that kind of arrogant conduct, but we’re not going to do it. If anybody tries to buy these distribution rights in The Crow, they are buying nothing but a lawsuit and they will get sued.”
Relativity then issued the following statement:
This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins who have a long history of threatening law suits with the sole purpose of intimidation. If served, Relativity will seek immediate dismissal. While we expect these types of antics from the Weinsteins, we are shocked that a lawyer of Mr. Fields’ caliber would make such false, reckless and intentionally harmful statements to the press about Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh. We intend to seek appropriate remedies for this misconduct.Clearly this is a feeble attempt to create a press stir and a malicious effort to interfere with Relativity’s development of the project.
I would hope they both dig the legal hole so deep that we never see another Crow movie again. Rest in Peace Brandon, I liked you better in Showdown in Little Tokyo anyways.
Stupid is as stupid does. Which explains why I’m mildly retarded. However, one stupid thing I would never do is reboot a cult goth classic like The Crow. Yes sir. Some asshats have decided to dishonor the cultural significance of the original 1994, comicbook based film -which starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven who was brutally murdered and comes back to life to hunt and kill the people responsible for his and his fiancée’s murder- by kick-starting a remake. I think we want a remake like we want to stick our genitals in a blender. Side question: Is sticking your junk in a blender a fetish? I dunno, I can’t keep track of all the bizarre sexual shit weirdos are into nowadays.
Actually, this new version of the Crow has been in the works for a while now. Once with Stephen Norrington at the helm and Nick Cave rewriting the director’s script. For a fleeting moment Mark Wahlberg was attached, but all of these people walked away before the end of 2010, reportedly because a new actor came on board and wanted a new writer to make big changes to the script. Since then word has been vague.
Well, we officially have word that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now set to direct The Crow reboot. I dunno what’s worse. The fact that this new Crow imagining is moving forward or that the guy asked to do it makes me hungry for a burrito. 1 grande supreme please.
I think I speak for everyone when I say Brandon Lee is the only fucking Crow, so unless they’re planning to reanimate him, this shouldn’t happen.
While details of the script are unknown, production of this new Crow is set for the fall of 2011.
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(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
This is news that’s gonna make a hell of a lot of Brandon Lee fan’s sharpen up their blades with anger. Mark Wahlberg, yes Marky Mark himself, was offered the lead role in a new Crow film, slated for a 2011 release.
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting it was reported that the former underwear model was in talks to become the next makeup man with a revenge plan. Sadly this won’t be like the previous goth-like incarnations from days of old, it’s gonna new vision all together. How will this be an entirely film? Well back in November i09 spoke with Crow’s producer Ryan Kavanaugh and he gave them a glimpse of what audiences may be seeing.
“He’ll have makeup, but it will be different. The best way to compare it is the first Batman and Batman Begins. In terms of their look and feel and character.”