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Alex Proyas deems the upcoming remake of The Crow to be "unnecessary"

03.01.2016

A remake/reboot/reimagining/regurgitation of Alex Proyas' THE CROW has been in the works for a number of years but has almost always found itself hitting a wall before production could begin. The latest attempt at bringing THE CROW back to life was being set up at Relativity Media and that project experienced a revolving door of actors set to play Eric Draven, including Luke Evans and Jack Huston. After Relativity's bankruptcy, the remake of THE CROW was left without funding and without a lead, seemingly putting the final nail in THE CROW's coffin. However, last winter word broke that THE CROW remake was still on and that Corin Hardy would begin directing the film in March. As we haven't heard much information since then, and with no lead actor in play, it seems likely that the film may be experiencing yet another delay.

Alex Proyas, the director of the original film, spoke with Collider recently and revealed that he hopes that delay is everlasting.

You know, I’ve moved on and I just feel like it’s… I personally feel like it’s kind of unnecessary. I’ve said this many times, I’ve completed the original movie to honor Brandon and that’s the sole reason I did it. I’m happy I did it for that reason. I sort of feel like it’s his legacy and I personally don’t have a lot of time for people trying to reignite that movie in other ways. So you know, to me, this is one situation where it would be nice if Hollywood kind of left it alone and let it remain Brandon Lee’s legacy. I know every few years you hear about it a remake and it never really comes to fruition.

Most fans seem fairly opposed to a remake of THE CROW, which leads me to wonder just why those in charge of such decision$ seem hellbent on bringing the remake to fruition in the face of fan reaction and countless delays. This obviously wont be the last we hear of THE CROW, and perhaps not the last we hear from Alex Proyas on the subject, as he's recently been in the news for his Facebook post in which he had some harsh words for critics of GODS OF EGYPT.

GODS OF EGYPT is currently playing in theaters, and you can read our own Chris Bumbray's review of the film right here.

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Source: Collider

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2:04PM on 03/02/2016
We live is a sad remake culture. The very idea of a remake used to be frowned upon. It's the epitome of lazy and unimaginative. Now, the fan base that use to condem remakes now condones them because they were raised on remakes.
We live is a sad remake culture. The very idea of a remake used to be frowned upon. It's the epitome of lazy and unimaginative. Now, the fan base that use to condem remakes now condones them because they were raised on remakes.
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4:32PM on 03/02/2016
It's almost like movie studios want to make money and not art. Maybe they learned there lesson after Star Wars 7 only made 2 billion dollars. Because we want something original dammit!
It's almost like movie studios want to make money and not art. Maybe they learned there lesson after Star Wars 7 only made 2 billion dollars. Because we want something original dammit!
5:33PM on 03/02/2016
More like they shoved crap down everyone's throat for soooo long, everyone stopping fighting and starting eating it.
More like they shoved crap down everyone's throat for soooo long, everyone stopping fighting and starting eating it.
10:07AM on 03/02/2016
I am amazed at the amount of people who think The Crow is a great film... It's got a cool concept I'll give you that but it's so poorly directed and is barely watchable today. Ok I loved it when I was 12 and wasn't aware of the awful acting, cheesy 90s music and special FX but saying it's a masterpiece that can't be remade is absurd. Any remake could hardly be worse than this film.
I am amazed at the amount of people who think The Crow is a great film... It's got a cool concept I'll give you that but it's so poorly directed and is barely watchable today. Ok I loved it when I was 12 and wasn't aware of the awful acting, cheesy 90s music and special FX but saying it's a masterpiece that can't be remade is absurd. Any remake could hardly be worse than this film.
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8:21AM on 03/02/2016
The original kind of had a lot going for it at the time - a gothic revenge fairytale at a time when that was still an underused concept, and a great soundtrack at a time when that music was in ascendancy. The fact that Brandon Lee died during production kind of worked in its favour too, horrible to say but true. That kind of tragedy adds a legendary quality to a film that Hollywood can't manufacture. Same goes for The Dark Knight - would've been a great film anyway, but Ledger's death added
The original kind of had a lot going for it at the time - a gothic revenge fairytale at a time when that was still an underused concept, and a great soundtrack at a time when that music was in ascendancy. The fact that Brandon Lee died during production kind of worked in its favour too, horrible to say but true. That kind of tragedy adds a legendary quality to a film that Hollywood can't manufacture. Same goes for The Dark Knight - would've been a great film anyway, but Ledger's death added something to it, however sad it was.
I'm not opposed to The Crow getting rebooted, but I wouldn't expect it to have the same impact, not just because of the law of diminishing returns, but because I don't think alternative culture is really in that place anymore. The 90s were the perfect time for The Crow - not sure that's the case with the 2010s. Regardless, make a great film and it'd still be a worthwhile venture, though frankly I'm surprised they've not started shopping it around as a potential TV series. Adult romance / violent fantasy revenge seems exactly like the sort of stuff that's clearing up on TV these days.
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7:44AM on 03/02/2016

Totally Agree

James O Barr was heavily involved in the original film, Brandon Lee himself said he would have also liked the film in black and white like the comic. Unfortunately these decisions were neither down to Lee or the Director at the time. No it may not be Lees intellectual property but I do agree that it was his last film and a special film at that. The sequels did nothing for cinema so maybe like Proyas says, lets leave it as Brandons Legacy.
James O Barr was heavily involved in the original film, Brandon Lee himself said he would have also liked the film in black and white like the comic. Unfortunately these decisions were neither down to Lee or the Director at the time. No it may not be Lees intellectual property but I do agree that it was his last film and a special film at that. The sequels did nothing for cinema so maybe like Proyas says, lets leave it as Brandons Legacy.
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1:57AM on 03/02/2016
While I agree that the remake is unnecessary... what movie IS necessary, then? Is Gods Of Egypt for example a movie that needs to exicst? No! We don't ever "need" a movie. No movie is ever "necessary." Movies are movies. Some good. Some bad. Enjoy the ones that are good, but don't lose your shit over the ones that are not... And certainly don't lose your shit over something that you haven't seen yet.
While I agree that the remake is unnecessary... what movie IS necessary, then? Is Gods Of Egypt for example a movie that needs to exicst? No! We don't ever "need" a movie. No movie is ever "necessary." Movies are movies. Some good. Some bad. Enjoy the ones that are good, but don't lose your shit over the ones that are not... And certainly don't lose your shit over something that you haven't seen yet.
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12:15AM on 03/02/2016
The Crow is not Brandon Lee's intellectual property, it's James O'Barr's. As long as the original creator is okay with the remake, why should anybody care about what Proyas has to say?
The Crow is not Brandon Lee's intellectual property, it's James O'Barr's. As long as the original creator is okay with the remake, why should anybody care about what Proyas has to say?
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12:05AM on 03/02/2016

Agreed 100%

Proyas' film was actually better than the comic. Leave it alone. This movie had no right to be good, and it turned out to be one of the best. Why would anyone try to redo the best? Is it an ego trip, to try and claim a reflection of greatness and pretend it's yours?
Proyas' film was actually better than the comic. Leave it alone. This movie had no right to be good, and it turned out to be one of the best. Why would anyone try to redo the best? Is it an ego trip, to try and claim a reflection of greatness and pretend it's yours?
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11:40PM on 03/01/2016
If they stick with the proposed idea, which is to make a film closer to the source material, then I don't see a problem with this. It wouldn't be a remake of the 1994 film but rather another adaptation of the material that inspired the 1994 film. And, outside of character names, it would be a very different film. Alex Proyas' film took more than a few liberties with the source material.
If they stick with the proposed idea, which is to make a film closer to the source material, then I don't see a problem with this. It wouldn't be a remake of the 1994 film but rather another adaptation of the material that inspired the 1994 film. And, outside of character names, it would be a very different film. Alex Proyas' film took more than a few liberties with the source material.
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10:56PM on 03/01/2016
He's actually right. I don't see a reason to remake it either. It is kind of a legacy for Brandon Lee, as Enter the Dragon was for his father. Leave well enough alone
He's actually right. I don't see a reason to remake it either. It is kind of a legacy for Brandon Lee, as Enter the Dragon was for his father. Leave well enough alone
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