James O’Barr


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. (more…)

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Almost three decades ago, back in 1989, James O’Barr’s now classic comic book tale of love and vengeance, The Crow, released its first official issue.  Besides being a symbol of the gothic trend that was beginning to pop up across the nation, the story was one that could translate to the big screen and in 1994, director Alex Proyas managed to give audiences a brilliant, if inaccurate, adaptation of O’Barr’s story.  Sometime back, a reboot of The Crow was announced and, after a revolving door of actors had stepped away from the project, Jack Huston was given the role of Eric Draven with Jessica Brown Findley rumored to be stepping into the role of Eric’s fiancé Shelly.  Today, we have news that the movie has found its main villain, Top Dollar, though with a bit of a twist.  If rumors are to be believed, Andrea Riseborough will be playing the big baddie in the upcoming film. (more…)


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…)


Sometimes it seems that getting a remake of The Crow off the ground is almost as difficult as trying to get a third Ghostbusters made, but with movement happening on the latter, what will it take to get progression on the former? Of course, you’re immediate reaction may be, “Why does it need to?” the vitriolic distaste for remakes drives fan culture, and not all of it unjustifiably cynical. Still, some people want to see The Crow fly again, but damned if the Powers That Be can’t figure out a way to make it happen, especially since they keep losing directors and leading men. So let’s go right to Crow creator James O’Barr, who would he want as The Crow? Hint: he’s already fought vampires, Superman and Cylons. (more…)


As I’m sure you’ve heard, Hollywood is creative bankrupt. So in creative bankruptcy news, progress is being made once again on the remake of The Crow, the 1994 Alex Proyas‘ movie based on the James O’Barr graphic novel. The Crow news of the day is that the film has a new director. It’s fourth. Now some would take that as a sign that maybe all this time and energy being put into an already successful film adaptation is being wasted, but not Hollywood. Nope, they will press on with this thing until it’s exhausted all possible avenues and filmmakers. Next batter up is Corin Hardy, but is he the bright young auteur to finally bring The Crow back to the big screen two decades later? (more…)


“Remake” is the name for catastrophe on the lips and hearts of all fanboys.  The hate of remakes, reboots, reimaginings, etc., that most fanboys feel is almost palpable when the words are brought up in geeky company.  Many of us have our ideas of just what a property should look like, especially when it is a comic book or nostalgic  property, and trying to change our ideas of what those properties should look like is almost as impossible as finding that perfect cosplay the night before a comic convention when you only have $5 in your pocket.  One of the remakes that has drawn constant ire ever since the rumors of a reboot first started up a couple of years back is James O’Barr’s gothic classic, The Crow.  For many people, remaking 1994’s The Crow is about as sacrilegious as having Mel Gibson rewrite the bible then calling it gospel.  Well, if the man behind The Crow, O’Barr, is to be believed, some of Eric Draven’s most zealous fans can relax a bit, because the reboot will not be a remake of the 1994 film, which famously starred Brandon Lee.  So, what will fans be getting? (more…)


The spot-on performance of the late Brandon Lee as undead avenger Eric Draven–plus the dark, atmospheric vision of director Alex Proyas made 1994’s The Crow (based on James O’Barr‘s graphic novel) into a modern classic, particularly among genre fans and comic readers. It’s common knowledge that The Crow has become yet more grist for the reboot mill–but will this new flick be just another pointless attempt at cashing in on a popular character? (like EVERY Crow sequel with the possible exception of City of Angels….it gets a pass for the presence of Iggy Pop)

Well, let’s see what “Nu-Draven”–Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast and Furious 6, and the upcoming Dracula Untold) has to say on the subject (after the jump).  (more…)


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


Since our lovely readers surely haven’t had enough of reboot and remake rumors, here’s the latest from that Crow reboot Hollywood’s been talking about.  Even though many of us may be utterly appalled by the project, the cash at the end of the tunnel is too bright and it will be going forward with or without us.  They’re currently searching for their leading man and though Tom Hiddleston was previously rumored, it now looks like someone else may be the top man in the running – True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard.

According to fellow media-spam site, Deadline:

The guy to keep an eye on here is True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard, who is getting numerous offers since his plans to star for David Yates in Tarzan died on the vine when Warner Bros halted the project over budget. No formal offer yet, but it sounds to me like it’s Skarsgard’s role if he wants it, in the F. Javier Gutierrez-directed film series relaunch.

Yup, it’s really little more than more speculation, but what did you expect?

No matter who they choose, they’re going to have to do some serious super-stunt to get this one to sell to Crow fans.  Personally, the only way I’d even consider buying a ticket was if they decided to follow the original James O’Barr storyline, so that we could see something different.  Oh, and leave the True Blood “actors” out of it, please.

Any opinions from the peanut gallery?


Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.