The Crow Remake Resurrected

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It’s becoming difficult to keep track of all the problems that have plagued the slowly gestating remake of The Crow (the brilliant 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee as a tortured soul returning from beyond the grave to avenge the brutal murder of himself and his fiancee), but now, after countless lead-actor and director changes, it appears as though the remake may have finally been resurrected, and is moving ahead once again.

Most recently plagued by a rights dispute which led to a lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company (who claimed Relativity’s contract didn’t give them the rights to produce any form of Crow tie-in without The Weinstein Company’s express say-so), all legal issues are now behind the project (with both companies agreeing to work on the remake together; thanks to a counter-suit lodged by Relativity, seeking damages over The Weinstein’s mis-handling of Nine), and a new director has been found. Again.

The latest director to step into the fray, and attempt to take on the seemingly doomed project, is none other than Before The Fall’s F Javier Gutierrez, though there’s currently no lead actor attached to the film (but if recent history is anything to go by we can expect new ones to be hired, and then leave, on a bi-monthly basis), and the question still remains as to whether or not the fans are really crying out for a new version of James O’Barr’s classic tale of vengeance and woe.

Matt Wheeldon.
Source: Variety.

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Matt Wheeldon is the Founder, and Editor in Chief of Good Film Guide. He still refers to the cinema as “the pictures”, and has what some would describe as a misguided appreciation for Waterworld.