When it comes to the action films of the 1990s, there are likely as few as polarizing or shocking as The Crow. Intended to be the first starring vehicle for Brandon Lee, son of the famed martial artist Bruce Lee, Brandon was tragically killed on the set due to a horrifying accident with a firearm. The film was still released, and garnered a decent amount of critical acclaim (it currently sits at 82% on Rotten Tomatoes), and received particular praise for its unique visual styling and a solid stream of vibrant action. Its visual design has been compared favorably to films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Tim Burton’s Batman, and although efforts were made to recapture the relative esteem of the first film with a few sequels, The Crow has yet to be truly and effectively duplicated.
That won’t stop Hollywood from trying again, though. A remake/reboot of The Crow has been in the works for awhile now, but in an exclusive report from Deadline, it looks as though the latest effort to revive The Crow may have picked up some new steam. The new project’s production company, Relativity Studios, has recently tapped director Corin Hardy to spearhead the new project and bring it to life. Hardy, whose feature film debut The Hallow is set to be released in 2015, drew a degree of critical acclaim for directing the animated short Butterfly, and has directed music videos for several high profile talents, including Prodigy.
According to the Deadline report, Hardy’s name for the director’s chair comes at the recommendation of none other than Edgar Wright, who recommended Hardy to the film’s producer Edward R. Pressman (who also produced the 1994 film). Hardy is the second director to take up the job of remaking The Crow after the original director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, opted to instead helm the next installment of The Ring franchise. Gutiérrez will stay on The Crow as an executive producer, with original Crow graphic novelist James O’Barr serving as a project consultant.
While the remake of a cult classic certainly seems in step with the current Hollywood practice of scrambling to revive old franchises, we’ll have to see if The Crow can stand in the positive column, especially considering the talent that’s involved. The new film will be scripted by Cliff Dorfman (“Entourage,” Warrior), but there’s not currently any release information. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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