Reports are stating today that the creator of the Crow comic book James O’Barr has signed on as a creative consultant for the planned film reboot of the Crow. This should come as great news for Crow fans to know the new film will have some real influence from the original creator. It is said that O’Barr and planned director F. Javier Gutierrez will be attending San Diego Comic Con this year to discuss their plans for the reboot. Luke Evans has been cast as Eric Draven and they will be working off a script written by Cliff Dorfman. The film is expected to start filming in 2014.
The original Crow film came out in 1994 starring Brandon Lee, son of famous martial artist turned actor Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee was accidentally shot and killed on the set of The Crow prior to the films completion. The film was a huge success; three sequels and a short lived television series followed yet none could capture the success of the original.
As a twelve year old boy in 1994 and seeing The Crow in theaters I thought it was one of the greatest movies I had ever seen. As the years have passed my pallet has matured and my knowledge of film has grown yet I still have have an affinity to the original film even if it has mellowed some. Alex Proyas’ visual flare has stuck with me over the years even if the plot has faded from memory. The franchise has never been able to match the success of the first film. The circumstances of Brandon Lee’s death have raised the original to such cult levels that the sub par sequels and tv series seem to be judge by this. The new Crow film will have a lot to live up to but the inclusion of James O’Barr makes the development of this production something to keep your eye on.