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Is James McAvoy circling the leading role in The Crow?

Feb. 25, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Not sure how many of you are still following THE CROW reboot, but another casting rumor has made its way online via Bloody Disgusting.

The site that first hatched the Mark Wahlberg casting (then passing) is now stating that James McAvoy is circling the project. Relative newcomer, F. Javier Gutierrez is still attached to direct the screenplay by Jesse Wigutow (TRON: LEGACY 2). But my question is: why would McAvoy have any interest in this? Is the script good? I'm actually quite surprised that it is still being made. I figured that after Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Wahlberg and Bradley Cooper dropped that it was dead in the water.

THE CROW follows the recently undead Eric Draven who comes back from the grave to seek revenge on those who have wronged his fiance and himself after their grizzly murders. James OBarr's graphic novel first hit the shelves back in 1989.

I can't help but wonder what direction they want to take this in. The first installment was great. In my own opinion, it's hard to find anyone who can fit the role any better than Brandon Lee. I love McAvoy, I really do, but this is one that just didn't need a reboot.

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4:55PM on 02/26/2013

What the hell?

I commented on this story yesterday, and now it's gone. What happened?
I commented on this story yesterday, and now it's gone. What happened?
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7:21AM on 02/26/2013

McAvoy's finally made it in Hollywood.

Isn't that the final test for a male actor in tinsel town - for false rumors to fly that you are attached to this film? I remember when Mark Wahlberg was attached to this. I don't even think Obama was president yet.
Isn't that the final test for a male actor in tinsel town - for false rumors to fly that you are attached to this film? I remember when Mark Wahlberg was attached to this. I don't even think Obama was president yet.
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5:35AM on 02/26/2013
Just let this one die already please! Enough with the pointless remakes hollywood!
Just let this one die already please! Enough with the pointless remakes hollywood!
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5:14AM on 02/26/2013
Brandon Lee's The Crow...now that was a great movie that, as I recall...left me feeling just so very sad throughout the entire movie.
Brandon Lee's The Crow...now that was a great movie that, as I recall...left me feeling just so very sad throughout the entire movie.
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5:48PM on 02/25/2013
Love watching his performances.wish hollywood casts him in more movies
Love watching his performances.wish hollywood casts him in more movies
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5:47PM on 02/25/2013
Love watching his performances.wish hollywood casts him in more movies
Love watching his performances.wish hollywood casts him in more movies
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3:37PM on 02/25/2013
He's a good actor. He doesn't need this.
He's a good actor. He doesn't need this.
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2:25PM on 02/25/2013

Open Minded...

McAvoy would not be that bad of a choice if they were deciding to go back to Eric Draven's incarnation of The Crow. Its sad to see such a visually impactful and iconic character go to waste with bad sequels and bad pre-production but between McAvoy, Whalberg and Cooper the best choice to reboot, in my opinion would be McAvoy.
McAvoy would not be that bad of a choice if they were deciding to go back to Eric Draven's incarnation of The Crow. Its sad to see such a visually impactful and iconic character go to waste with bad sequels and bad pre-production but between McAvoy, Whalberg and Cooper the best choice to reboot, in my opinion would be McAvoy.
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2:04PM on 02/25/2013

Ehhhhhhhh

This seems like one of the last movies that should be remade. The original is good as is, but the sequels just dragged the franchise into the toilet.
This seems like one of the last movies that should be remade. The original is good as is, but the sequels just dragged the franchise into the toilet.
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2:24PM on 02/25/2013
Isn't that why reboots are made in the first place?
Isn't that why reboots are made in the first place?
3:21PM on 02/25/2013
@studboi all the sequels stand alone though. They just need to make an actual good sequel. A good sequel would have about as much clout as a remake/reboot I would think.
@studboi all the sequels stand alone though. They just need to make an actual good sequel. A good sequel would have about as much clout as a remake/reboot I would think.
5:51PM on 02/25/2013
I understand what you mean, but I think the sheer amount of awful straight-to-DVD sequels taint the franchise. The Crow was good, but it wasn't overwhelmingly good to the point that you can forgive the litany of crap that followed bearing the same name. It's not JAWS, you know?
I understand what you mean, but I think the sheer amount of awful straight-to-DVD sequels taint the franchise. The Crow was good, but it wasn't overwhelmingly good to the point that you can forgive the litany of crap that followed bearing the same name. It's not JAWS, you know?
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