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The Crow will now be reborn by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Apr. 7, 2011by: Dave Davis

A new movie version of the indie comic THE CROW has been in the works for a few years now, with people like Stephen Norrington (BLADE) once attached to direct, Nick Cave (THE PROPOSITION) taking a shot at the script, and even Mark Wahlberg rumored to wear the leather and white makeup as vengeful revenant Eric Draven.

Now the reboot is (appropriately) starting again from scratch, with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo now bringing the rocker back from the grave to get payback for his slain gal. Fresnadillo is probably best known for directing the sequel 28 WEEKS LATER, and almost directing the adaptation of the videogame BIOSHOCK.

THE CROW update comes from Relativity and producer Edward R. Pressman, and officially "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."

Pressman says, "The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience."

While director Alex Proyas' 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee will likely be the definitive version for most of us, the Crow has also previously been revived (as different characters) in other comics miniseries, an anthology book, three movie sequels and a syndicated TV series that starred Mark Dacascos as Draven. There was also an aborted futuristic feature from Rob Zombie.

Extra Tidbit: Have you seen enough lousy sequels to make you dread a new "re-imagining", or are you intrigued by this?
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:53PM on 04/10/2011
For Eric Draven, I could see Jeremy Renner, Joseph Gordon Levitt, or Garret Hedlund.
For Eric Draven, I could see Jeremy Renner, Joseph Gordon Levitt, or Garret Hedlund.
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9:26PM on 04/10/2011
Not sure I'm really down with this. This is one film I really dont think they should remake. Firstly, no one will ever do as good a job with it as Brandon Lee did as well as the fact he died filming it, plus the original worked perfectly in the musical era it was made. I just dont think they'll even come close to capturing the same magic as the original. Leave it alone please; if they're desperate to make money off it, just re-release the original and let a new generation of fans discover it.
Not sure I'm really down with this. This is one film I really dont think they should remake. Firstly, no one will ever do as good a job with it as Brandon Lee did as well as the fact he died filming it, plus the original worked perfectly in the musical era it was made. I just dont think they'll even come close to capturing the same magic as the original. Leave it alone please; if they're desperate to make money off it, just re-release the original and let a new generation of fans discover it.
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1:30AM on 04/09/2011

Well...

It's a shitload better news than before, that's for sure. I love Marky mark, but fuck no. And Norrington? Freakin hack. At least this guy is a decent director. THeres a hell of a lot of untapped potential out of that graphic Novel that wasn't even hinted at in the previous film (which I adore) so maybe theres hope for this yet. Couldn't be worse than the new Conan looks to be.
It's a shitload better news than before, that's for sure. I love Marky mark, but fuck no. And Norrington? Freakin hack. At least this guy is a decent director. THeres a hell of a lot of untapped potential out of that graphic Novel that wasn't even hinted at in the previous film (which I adore) so maybe theres hope for this yet. Couldn't be worse than the new Conan looks to be.
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5:59PM on 04/08/2011
If Nick Cave is involved this might be actually be good.
If Nick Cave is involved this might be actually be good.
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11:51AM on 04/08/2011
There's a chance he could do it right. There's quite a bit I don't even like about the original Crow, a movie that I really do enjoy.
There's a chance he could do it right. There's quite a bit I don't even like about the original Crow, a movie that I really do enjoy.
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11:23AM on 04/08/2011
Yeah I agree there is so much potential for more story lines here. If done right this could do what Dark Knight did to the Batman series.
Yeah I agree there is so much potential for more story lines here. If done right this could do what Dark Knight did to the Batman series.
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9:08AM on 04/08/2011
I think the original Crow film is a classic and shouldn't be touched but, if they must, I feel better with Fresnidillo at the helm then Norrington who's take on the reboot was less then inticing.
I think the original Crow film is a classic and shouldn't be touched but, if they must, I feel better with Fresnidillo at the helm then Norrington who's take on the reboot was less then inticing.
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8:49AM on 04/08/2011
28 Days later was pretty decent. 28 Weeks Later, on the other hand, was pretty rough.
28 Days later was pretty decent. 28 Weeks Later, on the other hand, was pretty rough.
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5:38AM on 04/08/2011
As an avid fan of the novel, I know there's vast amounts of untapped potential that would make a new version stand pretty damn far apart. This new take could be filmed in a way that Brandon Lee himself said was impossible but has been proven wrong more recently by movies like Sin City
As an avid fan of the novel, I know there's vast amounts of untapped potential that would make a new version stand pretty damn far apart. This new take could be filmed in a way that Brandon Lee himself said was impossible but has been proven wrong more recently by movies like Sin City
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3:37AM on 04/08/2011

Give Juan Carlos Fresnadillo some credit.

Some years back, he made a very interesting thriller called INTACTO. The idea was simple; luck is real, and a air crash survivor finds himself caught in a secret society of russian roulette players who try to win each other's luck. It was terrific.

Would I like to see him on something other than The Crow? Perhaps. It's an interesting story, and the first film adaptation shouldn't preclude another one. JCF is an artist, and I'd love to see what he does, even if it's a new interpretation of
Some years back, he made a very interesting thriller called INTACTO. The idea was simple; luck is real, and a air crash survivor finds himself caught in a secret society of russian roulette players who try to win each other's luck. It was terrific.

Would I like to see him on something other than The Crow? Perhaps. It's an interesting story, and the first film adaptation shouldn't preclude another one. JCF is an artist, and I'd love to see what he does, even if it's a new interpretation of someone else's work.
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2:01AM on 04/08/2011
Worthless.
Worthless.
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1:46AM on 04/08/2011
Why do I get the feeling this will be PG-13. No evidence to back this up yet, just the general vibe I'm getting from Hollywood lately.
Why do I get the feeling this will be PG-13. No evidence to back this up yet, just the general vibe I'm getting from Hollywood lately.
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1:40AM on 04/08/2011
Oh hell yeah!

28 Weeks Later rocked my world, one of my favourite horror films. What a ride!

I'm pretty indifferent to remakes, but I have a soft spot for the original Crow (didn't watch the useless sequels) so I'd be keen for this to be a good remake. I think they're now headed in the right direction...
Oh hell yeah!

28 Weeks Later rocked my world, one of my favourite horror films. What a ride!

I'm pretty indifferent to remakes, but I have a soft spot for the original Crow (didn't watch the useless sequels) so I'd be keen for this to be a good remake. I think they're now headed in the right direction...
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11:53PM on 04/07/2011
Let's wait and see how this progresses. To be honest I'm glad Norrington is out.

And really it can't be much more mediocre than the sequels.
Let's wait and see how this progresses. To be honest I'm glad Norrington is out.

And really it can't be much more mediocre than the sequels.
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11:28PM on 04/07/2011
this asshole is doing it now. next week he's not
this asshole is doing it now. next week he's not
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11:12PM on 04/07/2011
danny boyle = 28 days later director
juan carlos fresnadillo = 28 WEEKS later director, besides that -- dont care fer the crow series, brandon lee was kew though
danny boyle = 28 days later director
juan carlos fresnadillo = 28 WEEKS later director, besides that -- dont care fer the crow series, brandon lee was kew though
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