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James O'Barr discusses The Crow reboot

Aug. 5, 2013by: Kevin Woods

Feelings have been quite mixed when it comes to Relativity Media's upcoming reboot of comic creator James O'Barr's THE CROW, but one person who thinks things are certainly headed in the right direction is O'Barr himself, who recently chatted with Total Film about the project.

You may remember that Luke Evans was announced in May as the man who would be tackling the iconic role of Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 original) for the reboot. While many of us can agree that the casting of Evans may be a good sign, the idea of rebooting THE CROW has had many fans voicing their concerns. THE CROW creator James O'Barr assures us that we have nothing to worry about, and his involvement alone should alleviate a lot of fears about the new film.

O’Barr admits he was persuaded to jump on board by the film’s Spanish director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, making his English-language debut following 2008’s acclaimed BEFORE THE FALL, stating...

“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters.

“He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”

Sounds as if Gutierrez is very concerned with getting the story and tone correct, which should make fans feel somewhat better. It sounds as if it is in capable hands.

And what says O'Barr of the casting of Luke Evans as Eric Draven?

“The producers showed me some shots of [Luke Evans] in the make-up and the tragedy really shows on his face, especially his eyes. He has a really commanding screen presence.”

THE CROW is scheduled to enter production in early 2014 with Ed Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Most producing. We'll keep you posted on news regarding the film as we hear it.

Extra Tidbit: Does O'Barr's involvement with THE CROW reboot make you feel any better about the project?
Source: Total Film

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12:17AM on 08/06/2013
How about some more O'Barr Crow talk. ''I kind of feel like I made my "Crow" movie. I have nothing else to say with it. It's not a "Star Trek" franchise. It's not a fucking James Bond franchise. It has a definite ending. It wasn't meant to be this ongoing series -- especially if you're just gonna repeat the same elements over and over and over. My attitude is, do whatever you want -- just send me the check. I still own the character and the publication rights, and they own the film and TV
How about some more O'Barr Crow talk. ''I kind of feel like I made my "Crow" movie. I have nothing else to say with it. It's not a "Star Trek" franchise. It's not a fucking James Bond franchise. It has a definite ending. It wasn't meant to be this ongoing series -- especially if you're just gonna repeat the same elements over and over and over. My attitude is, do whatever you want -- just send me the check. I still own the character and the publication rights, and they own the film and TV rights. So they have to pay me regardless. '' [link]
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12:19AM on 08/06/2013
Sounds like they are on the right track.
Sounds like they are on the right track.
12:04AM on 08/06/2013
@fanboy71- to Quote O'Barr himself about any future remakes ''I don't have great expectations. I think the reality is, no matter who you get to star in it, or if you get Ridley Scott to direct it and spend 200 million dollars, you're still not gonna top what Brandon Lee and Alex Proyas did in that first ten million dollar movie."
@fanboy71- to Quote O'Barr himself about any future remakes ''I don't have great expectations. I think the reality is, no matter who you get to star in it, or if you get Ridley Scott to direct it and spend 200 million dollars, you're still not gonna top what Brandon Lee and Alex Proyas did in that first ten million dollar movie."
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12:19AM on 08/06/2013
Sounds like a guy who truly cares about the legacy of the Crow.
Sounds like a guy who truly cares about the legacy of the Crow.
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4:09PM on 08/05/2013
Honestly, I found the original movie better than the comic so his involvment with the remake doesn't do anything for me.
Honestly, I found the original movie better than the comic so his involvment with the remake doesn't do anything for me.
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9:01PM on 08/05/2013

This is the best possible news for this reboot.

I have said all along that following the amazing source material more closely than the original did will be the saving grace of this film. It sounds like they are on the right track. I don't know this director's work, and it will be tough to follow in Proyas' shoes when it comes to atmosphere, but they are definitely on the right track with this news.
I have said all along that following the amazing source material more closely than the original did will be the saving grace of this film. It sounds like they are on the right track. I don't know this director's work, and it will be tough to follow in Proyas' shoes when it comes to atmosphere, but they are definitely on the right track with this news.
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10:06AM on 08/05/2013
If it can be visually as cool as Sin City or Watchmen movie, I'm all for it.
If it can be visually as cool as Sin City or Watchmen movie, I'm all for it.
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3:22PM on 08/05/2013
If it can be way better than Sin City or Watchmen movie, I'm all for it.
If it can be way better than Sin City or Watchmen movie, I'm all for it.
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8:58PM on 08/05/2013

This is the best possible news for this reboot.

I have said all along that following the amazing source material more closely than the original did will be the saving grace of this film. It sounds like they are on the right track. I don't know this director's work, and it will be tough to follow in Proyas' shoes when it comes to atmosphere, but they are definitely on the right track with this news.
I have said all along that following the amazing source material more closely than the original did will be the saving grace of this film. It sounds like they are on the right track. I don't know this director's work, and it will be tough to follow in Proyas' shoes when it comes to atmosphere, but they are definitely on the right track with this news.
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7:50PM on 08/05/2013
He looks like some emo goth high school kid trying to look Like Brandon Lee on Halloween in that picture. Of course James O'Barr wants to reassure us everything is going to be cool.; the better the flick does, the more money he and his team make. And that's the really sad thing folks. This, like most reboots, is all about cashing in. O'Barr needs to realize that most of us associate his comic with Brandon Lee and the original movie, and would rather preserve the movie vibe than what he laid
He looks like some emo goth high school kid trying to look Like Brandon Lee on Halloween in that picture. Of course James O'Barr wants to reassure us everything is going to be cool.; the better the flick does, the more money he and his team make. And that's the really sad thing folks. This, like most reboots, is all about cashing in. O'Barr needs to realize that most of us associate his comic with Brandon Lee and the original movie, and would rather preserve the movie vibe than what he laid down in the comics. I could give a shit about horse and train metaphors.
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9:00PM on 08/05/2013
You do realize that the photo that accompanies the article is a simple photoshop, and NOT the photos O'Barr was referring to, right??

And O'Barr's original work is much more powerful than the film that was based on it. Have you read it? You should.
You do realize that the photo that accompanies the article is a simple photoshop, and NOT the photos O'Barr was referring to, right??

And O'Barr's original work is much more powerful than the film that was based on it. Have you read it? You should.
9:01PM on 08/05/2013
I hate these double posts. You'd think it would be fixed by now.
I hate these double posts. You'd think it would be fixed by now.
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