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Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to star in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's remake of The Crow

04.12.2011

Oh boy.

Heat Vision reports that Bradley Cooper is in early negotiations to star in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's remake of THE CROW.

While I do like Cooper from time to time, I have zero enthusiasm. Obviously it's hard to ever replace the great performance of Brandon Lee, but choosing Cooper is like choosing Eric Mabius (awesome guy, not so much for THE CROW).

Relativity has been moving rather quickly on the remake. The director of 28 WEEKS LATER is said to have met with Cooper in Spain recently, where the two hit it off and shared a vision for the character and the film. Relativity would not confirm Cooper's involvement, but sources say that the actor is enthusiastic to join the project. Production on the remake will begin in Fall.

When Fresnadillo was brought on as director, Relativity and producer Edward R. Pressman said that the project, "will be a reboot of the iconic cult character Eric Draven, who’s resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter, as first envisioned by graphic novelist James O’Barr."

What do you guys think of Cooper as Eric? Guess we'll just have to wait and see. I can guarantee one thing, James O'Barr will not be amused when I chat with him about this at Dallas Con. Maybe he'll like it better than the Jason Statham suggestion he told me about...

Extra Tidbit: While you may find a remake unnecessary (it's happening regardless), who would you choose to star as Eric?
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12:11PM on 04/14/2011
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, please and thank you.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, please and thank you.
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11:45PM on 04/13/2011

Here's an idea...

I know many of us purists are against this. So H'wood better watch who the choose cause he made wind up in an accident like Brandon did. Boy would that be freaky...
I know many of us purists are against this. So H'wood better watch who the choose cause he made wind up in an accident like Brandon did. Boy would that be freaky...
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6:58PM on 04/13/2011
Just because you get a bankable star in a remake of a cult film nobody wants doesn't means its gonna still appeal to people. So tired of all these remakes, that goes for the total recall & robocop one also. Leave these movies alone you stupid hollywood movie reps. I literally think they sit & shoot darts at a board now.
Just because you get a bankable star in a remake of a cult film nobody wants doesn't means its gonna still appeal to people. So tired of all these remakes, that goes for the total recall & robocop one also. Leave these movies alone you stupid hollywood movie reps. I literally think they sit & shoot darts at a board now.
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3:50PM on 04/13/2011

Nick Cave anyone?!

I understand the hesitation to this remake, but let us not forget the always amazing Nick Cave is writing the screenplay.

It can't all be bad. Although I agree Bradley Cooper may not be the guy for the leading role.
I understand the hesitation to this remake, but let us not forget the always amazing Nick Cave is writing the screenplay.

It can't all be bad. Although I agree Bradley Cooper may not be the guy for the leading role.
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3:24PM on 04/13/2011

Memorable quotes

" I aint skank, that's skank right there. Skank's dead!"

"Kaw Kaw, BANG, F*#k I'm dead!"
" I aint skank, that's skank right there. Skank's dead!"

"Kaw Kaw, BANG, F*#k I'm dead!"
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6:28PM on 04/13/2011
"I feel like a little worm on a big fuckin' hook."
"I feel like a little worm on a big fuckin' hook."
11:41PM on 04/13/2011
"Hey! Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!"
"Hey! Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!"
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2:16PM on 04/13/2011

Egh NO

Ok I like Bradley Cooper but as Draven? Absolutely NOT.

He's not dark or brooding. I like the idea of Stuart Townsend [link] Or Cillian Murphy as an outside thought.
Ok I like Bradley Cooper but as Draven? Absolutely NOT.

He's not dark or brooding. I like the idea of Stuart Townsend [link] Or Cillian Murphy as an outside thought.
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12:33PM on 04/13/2011

dont think so

NOw I like Cooper a lot, I have watched him since Alias and knew he would be a star, but i just dont see him in this role. Lee was great as the character and the movie was pretty good, so I dont care to much that they are remaking it, but they need to cast the right guy. How about JGL?
NOw I like Cooper a lot, I have watched him since Alias and knew he would be a star, but i just dont see him in this role. Lee was great as the character and the movie was pretty good, so I dont care to much that they are remaking it, but they need to cast the right guy. How about JGL?
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12:27PM on 04/13/2011

WTF!!??

That's all I got.
That's all I got.
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8:55AM on 04/13/2011
Is it still April 1st in a time zone somewhere far far away?
Is it still April 1st in a time zone somewhere far far away?
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3:39AM on 04/13/2011
Too schlubby. If you must remake this perfect film, at least get an action star. Oh, and a competent armorer wouldn't hurt either.
Too schlubby. If you must remake this perfect film, at least get an action star. Oh, and a competent armorer wouldn't hurt either.
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2:47AM on 04/13/2011
I was on board with Norrington and Cave but since they left I'm not interested. I'm certainly not going to watch it with "The Douche" starring in it.
I was on board with Norrington and Cave but since they left I'm not interested. I'm certainly not going to watch it with "The Douche" starring in it.
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2:26AM on 04/13/2011

Tidbit…

Well if I had to choose it would be NOT Bradley Cooper. Seriously who thought that was even be a good idea?

If I had to choose though it'd be, without a doubt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's a method actor and would het the job done right. I also like the Jared Letto suggestion too.

But yeah as unnecessary as this movie is JGL would make or a great Crow. But that's just my opinion.
Well if I had to choose it would be NOT Bradley Cooper. Seriously who thought that was even be a good idea?

If I had to choose though it'd be, without a doubt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's a method actor and would het the job done right. I also like the Jared Letto suggestion too.

But yeah as unnecessary as this movie is JGL would make or a great Crow. But that's just my opinion.
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2:03AM on 04/13/2011

Extra tidbit

Tony Jaa. Sure, he's batshit crazy, but he looks the part and does some amazingly crazy martial arts scenes without wires.
Tony Jaa. Sure, he's batshit crazy, but he looks the part and does some amazingly crazy martial arts scenes without wires.
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12:00AM on 04/13/2011

Why are people even mentioning

big name actors? this isnt a big franchise, Joe Schmo doesnt give a crap about the Crow. The only reason people know it is bc Lee died. 3 or 4 no names (yes Ed Furlong is a no name) played the Crow after Brandon Lee. Again, this would be a terrible career move for Cooper.
big name actors? this isnt a big franchise, Joe Schmo doesnt give a crap about the Crow. The only reason people know it is bc Lee died. 3 or 4 no names (yes Ed Furlong is a no name) played the Crow after Brandon Lee. Again, this would be a terrible career move for Cooper.
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11:40PM on 04/12/2011
LOL OKAY, Limitless wasn't that big of a hit.
LOL OKAY, Limitless wasn't that big of a hit.
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10:54PM on 04/12/2011

Ben Foster

I like JGL but for this role I feel he lacks the required intensity. Ben Foster is my number one choice.
I like JGL but for this role I feel he lacks the required intensity. Ben Foster is my number one choice.
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11:05PM on 04/12/2011
I completely forgot about Ben Foster, he would be a great choice too
I completely forgot about Ben Foster, he would be a great choice too
2:30AM on 04/13/2011
Great choice, could totally see Foster as Crow
Great choice, could totally see Foster as Crow
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10:51PM on 04/12/2011

JGL

Only good choice these days = Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Only good choice these days = Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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10:50PM on 04/12/2011

ehh

I like Bradley Cooper, I think he could do a good job, but I think there are better choices. Joseph Gordon Levitt as the top choice. To echo everyone else, he has the look for the role.
Going off topic a bit, I think Cooper would of been a great choice for Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby remake. A little better than Affleck
I like Bradley Cooper, I think he could do a good job, but I think there are better choices. Joseph Gordon Levitt as the top choice. To echo everyone else, he has the look for the role.
Going off topic a bit, I think Cooper would of been a great choice for Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby remake. A little better than Affleck
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10:42PM on 04/12/2011

ehhh...

why can't Hollywood leave well enough alone. C'mon lets go out there and come up with some original screenplays. The Crow should be on the same list as bladerunner, of cult classics that should never be touched. graphic novel by O'barr is awesome by the way. Every day I visit this site some bit of news always makes me sad...
why can't Hollywood leave well enough alone. C'mon lets go out there and come up with some original screenplays. The Crow should be on the same list as bladerunner, of cult classics that should never be touched. graphic novel by O'barr is awesome by the way. Every day I visit this site some bit of news always makes me sad...
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10:33PM on 04/12/2011

So Eric and Shelly were married huh?

It's disheartning that the producer says Eric was resurrected to avenge his wife, when in no other incarnation have Eric and Shelly ever been married, as they were murdered before making it to the altar.
As fo Cooper, I can think of better choices, but I can also think of worse.
If they follow the novel more closely than the original, I may see this in the theater.
It's disheartning that the producer says Eric was resurrected to avenge his wife, when in no other incarnation have Eric and Shelly ever been married, as they were murdered before making it to the altar.
As fo Cooper, I can think of better choices, but I can also think of worse.
If they follow the novel more closely than the original, I may see this in the theater.
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10:45PM on 04/12/2011
O'barr graphic novel is great. truthfully, i only read it after I saw the theatrical release. Hollywood can never capture on film what the graphic novel does on paper. (in black and white no less)
O'barr graphic novel is great. truthfully, i only read it after I saw the theatrical release. Hollywood can never capture on film what the graphic novel does on paper. (in black and white no less)
10:23PM on 04/12/2011

extra tidbit

Sorry, I can't get past the "unnecessary remake" part..
Sorry, I can't get past the "unnecessary remake" part..
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10:08PM on 04/12/2011
Lee is the only Crow. Cooper does not have what it takes.
Lee is the only Crow. Cooper does not have what it takes.
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9:29PM on 04/12/2011

The Soloist

I don't agree with your post in regards to Bradley 'No Charisma Whatsoever' Cooper, but the more I think about it, the more I think that your suggestion of Joseph Gordon-Levitt is spot-on. He's got the look, he ABSOLUTELY has the chops (See BRICK or THE LOOKOUT, those of you who disagree and have only seen INCEPTION), and he could absolutely do this role if they aim for a non-action movie revenge drama (essentially adhering to the source material).
I don't agree with your post in regards to Bradley 'No Charisma Whatsoever' Cooper, but the more I think about it, the more I think that your suggestion of Joseph Gordon-Levitt is spot-on. He's got the look, he ABSOLUTELY has the chops (See BRICK or THE LOOKOUT, those of you who disagree and have only seen INCEPTION), and he could absolutely do this role if they aim for a non-action movie revenge drama (essentially adhering to the source material).
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10:28PM on 04/12/2011
You forgot angels in the outfield...
You forgot angels in the outfield...
9:06PM on 04/12/2011
I don't like this idea. He's blonde with beautiful eyes and too light hearted.
I don't like this idea. He's blonde with beautiful eyes and too light hearted.
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8:49PM on 04/12/2011
Terrible idea.
Terrible idea.
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8:49PM on 04/12/2011
It seems like it should be very easy to make a new Crow sequel (despite the fact that they havent yet, don't just do Draven all over again.
It seems like it should be very easy to make a new Crow sequel (despite the fact that they havent yet, don't just do Draven all over again.
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8:23PM on 04/12/2011

I don't care

The Crow was a dumb movie anyway
The Crow was a dumb movie anyway
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8:26PM on 04/12/2011
...says the guy with an avatar of "Independence Day"?!?
...says the guy with an avatar of "Independence Day"?!?
10:25PM on 04/12/2011
ELGYN...well put! LMAO!
ELGYN...well put! LMAO!
8:19PM on 04/12/2011
jared leto for the crow!
jared leto for the crow!
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8:14PM on 04/12/2011

Oh come ONNNNNN !!

Cooper is obviously perfectly suited for the physicality required for the role, and if you look at his face and DON'T see him being able to pull the jet-black humor of The Crow, then I just don't know what to tell you :/
Cooper is obviously perfectly suited for the physicality required for the role, and if you look at his face and DON'T see him being able to pull the jet-black humor of The Crow, then I just don't know what to tell you :/
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8:34PM on 04/12/2011
For me it doesn't have anything to do with whether or not Cooper may be good for the role.

He may be.

Rather, it's more about the fact that The Crow has already been done.

There just isn't need for a retread or a sequel.

I'd rather see something new, rather than a rerun.
For me it doesn't have anything to do with whether or not Cooper may be good for the role.

He may be.

Rather, it's more about the fact that The Crow has already been done.

There just isn't need for a retread or a sequel.

I'd rather see something new, rather than a rerun.
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8:12PM on 04/12/2011
I can't picture Cooper as The Crow....but I also couldn't picture Heath Ledger as The Joker. And that turned out pretty good.

I'm actually glad it's NOT someone who's an obvious choice. Or some generic action-movie guy (Jason Statham? Seriously? Come on)

Let's wait and see how it develops guys.
I can't picture Cooper as The Crow....but I also couldn't picture Heath Ledger as The Joker. And that turned out pretty good.

I'm actually glad it's NOT someone who's an obvious choice. Or some generic action-movie guy (Jason Statham? Seriously? Come on)

Let's wait and see how it develops guys.
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8:09PM on 04/12/2011
Already saw the Crow in '94.

No need to see a retread.

What's wrong with this generation that they can't come up with anything new anyway?
Already saw the Crow in '94.

No need to see a retread.

What's wrong with this generation that they can't come up with anything new anyway?
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8:58PM on 04/12/2011
Okay...but does this mean there shouldn't have been any more "Batman" movies after Tim Burton's 1989 movie? Just sayin'.
Okay...but does this mean there shouldn't have been any more "Batman" movies after Tim Burton's 1989 movie? Just sayin'.
8:06PM on 04/12/2011

No thanks Bradley...

but thanks for the good chuckle. I haven't laughed like that since Mark Wahlberg was rumored for it. Seriously, do the filmakers even understand the source material?
but thanks for the good chuckle. I haven't laughed like that since Mark Wahlberg was rumored for it. Seriously, do the filmakers even understand the source material?
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8:06PM on 04/12/2011
No! Plain and simple! No!
No! Plain and simple! No!
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7:58PM on 04/12/2011
One wild night in Detroit, Cooper gets fucking plastered on alcohol, chokes on his vomit and dies. But he wakes up with with powers? And his sidekicks are an actual pack of wolves?
One wild night in Detroit, Cooper gets fucking plastered on alcohol, chokes on his vomit and dies. But he wakes up with with powers? And his sidekicks are an actual pack of wolves?
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7:47PM on 04/12/2011
Maybe this isn't such a good idea.
Maybe this isn't such a good idea.
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7:45PM on 04/12/2011
I am a huge fan of the original movie and like the idea of Cooper for the new Crow.

He has the looks, and chops to pull of a dramatic role like this.

He wouldn't be my first choice. I think better actors would be Joseph Gordon Levitt or Jeremy Renner.

I am going to get thumbs down for this, but I don't care. I am a huge fan of Cooper and think he will do a terrific job. He is the reason why I am now excited for this movie.
I am a huge fan of the original movie and like the idea of Cooper for the new Crow.

He has the looks, and chops to pull of a dramatic role like this.

He wouldn't be my first choice. I think better actors would be Joseph Gordon Levitt or Jeremy Renner.

I am going to get thumbs down for this, but I don't care. I am a huge fan of Cooper and think he will do a terrific job. He is the reason why I am now excited for this movie.
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7:36PM on 04/12/2011
lol.
lol.
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7:34PM on 04/12/2011

You guys really need to think about this..

First of all. Its getting remade, GET OVER IT! I have been a fan of the original Crow since 1994 and i want to see this happen(would you rather see another low budget sequel?). Second, Cooper is a great choice and you can see that they are trying to make a serious remake/reboot/re whatever you want to call it. However i am hoping to God they stay faithful to the comic and make it an R Rated remake. Third, THE MOVIE ISN'T EVEN FILMED YET, WE HAVE NOTHING TO GO ON! Wait until we have a few
First of all. Its getting remade, GET OVER IT! I have been a fan of the original Crow since 1994 and i want to see this happen(would you rather see another low budget sequel?). Second, Cooper is a great choice and you can see that they are trying to make a serious remake/reboot/re whatever you want to call it. However i am hoping to God they stay faithful to the comic and make it an R Rated remake. Third, THE MOVIE ISN'T EVEN FILMED YET, WE HAVE NOTHING TO GO ON! Wait until we have a few stills, poster, trailer. We don't even know if he will take it...
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8:11PM on 04/12/2011
I'd rather not see anything more at all.
I'd rather not see anything more at all.
7:29PM on 04/12/2011
Don't really care about another Crow movie. The first was good, but not as great as some people make it out to be. Never bothered with the sequels. I'd imagine someone like Jared Leto or Nick Stahl in the role, not Cooper.
Don't really care about another Crow movie. The first was good, but not as great as some people make it out to be. Never bothered with the sequels. I'd imagine someone like Jared Leto or Nick Stahl in the role, not Cooper.
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7:28PM on 04/12/2011
in a suit jacket... some beard stubble... hair a little fucked up... and acting like a cocky prick... that's how I like my Bradley Cooper. Can't picture him any other way
in a suit jacket... some beard stubble... hair a little fucked up... and acting like a cocky prick... that's how I like my Bradley Cooper. Can't picture him any other way
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7:27PM on 04/12/2011
Well obviously they could do, and have done alot worse....It's such a dark character and a dark story for someone like cooper...but, this guy is on the fast track so if he feels this is a good role for him, then maybe there will be another crow that doesn't suck!
Well obviously they could do, and have done alot worse....It's such a dark character and a dark story for someone like cooper...but, this guy is on the fast track so if he feels this is a good role for him, then maybe there will be another crow that doesn't suck!
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7:18PM on 04/12/2011

How is this a good career move?

guy is basically A-list now and he's gonna do the 5th Crow movie? what?
guy is basically A-list now and he's gonna do the 5th Crow movie? what?
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8:14PM on 04/12/2011
You're absolutely right....which makes me think Cooper must have been impressed with the direction the movie is going, and the people involved.
You're absolutely right....which makes me think Cooper must have been impressed with the direction the movie is going, and the people involved.
7:15PM on 04/12/2011
hahaha no thanks
hahaha no thanks
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7:14PM on 04/12/2011

Eh?

I'm not entirely sure if I have my facts right here, but I am pretty damned close to being sure, but who said this was a remake of that exact movie? Do we all forget what the Crow comics were? They were individual stories. So I highly doubt he will be playing that exact Eric.
I'm not entirely sure if I have my facts right here, but I am pretty damned close to being sure, but who said this was a remake of that exact movie? Do we all forget what the Crow comics were? They were individual stories. So I highly doubt he will be playing that exact Eric.
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7:31PM on 04/12/2011
Relativity said that it would be about Eric from the original comic. I threw in the quote above to clear up any confusion.
Relativity said that it would be about Eric from the original comic. I threw in the quote above to clear up any confusion.
7:10PM on 04/12/2011
Cooper is a great Actor and was awesome in Limitless but I'm not sure how I feel about this. I still don't think they should remake The Crow. I guess if they're going to do it for sure then they could have easily picked someone worse than Cooper so that's a positive note.
Cooper is a great Actor and was awesome in Limitless but I'm not sure how I feel about this. I still don't think they should remake The Crow. I guess if they're going to do it for sure then they could have easily picked someone worse than Cooper so that's a positive note.
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