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James McAvoy rumored to be in talks to star in THE CROW remake

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The Crow has a tragic and turbulent past. Based on James O’Barr‘s comic book series about a man coming back from the dead to avenge his fiancée’s murder, Alex Proyas‘ 1994 adaptation was a hit, but it also resulted in the death of star Brandon Lee. It’s three sequels each had different actors playing The Crow, and each was worse than the last. Now according to Bloody Disgusting, James McAvoy may join Lee, Vincent Pérez, Mark Dacascos, Eric Mabius, and Edward Furlong as the titular anti-hero.

A reboot of The Crow has been stuck in development hell for years. Back in 2010, Stephen Norrington (Blade) was attached and Mark Wahlberg was offered the lead. The package fell apart, and then in 2011, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) got in the director’s chair with Bradley Cooper in negotiations to star. Six months after coming on board, the film still didn’t have a lead, and Fresnadillo dropped out. Then there was a lawsuit between Relativity and The Weinsteins, which was settled last January. Soon after, F. Javier Gutierrez came on board to direct with Jesse Wigutow penning the script.

Bloody Disgusting doesn’t say if McAvoy is in talks or if he’s just eyeing the project. He’s about to start filming on X-Men: Days of Future Past, so there may be a scheduling conflict, although Gutierrez has been attached for over a year, and looks to be in no hurry to bring The Crow back to the big screen.

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