We’re never too far removed from a new attempt at rebooting The Crow. Every few months there’s a new announcement, complete with a different director and star attached to the clown-faced Eric Draven role, made famous by Brandon Lee in Alex Proyas’ 1994 adaptation of the James O’Barr comic. Taking over the lead role this time will be It star Bill Skarsgard, joined by Rupert Sanders as director.
With Skarsgard set to play the spirit of vengeance, returned after Draven and his fiancée are murdered on Halloween, and Sanders behind the camera, The Crow also has Oscar-nominated King Richard writer Zach Baylin on the screenplay. Joining the cast is Honey Boy singer/actress FKA twigs. Production is set to begin in June, and I’ll be honest, this time it seems like they have their shit together.
There have been so many damn attempts to get The Crow off the ground it makes Uncharted look modest. Most recently it was Jason Momoa on board to star, but you can also add Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Jack Huston, and don’t even get me started on the filmmakers.
Sanders is best known for directing Snow White and the Huntsman and the live-action Ghost in the Shell. Both films had controversies involving their lead actresses. Presumably that won’t be a problem this time around. Skarsgard recently provided the voice of Kro in Marvel’s Eternals, and will be seen next in John Wick 4. He will always be Pennywise the Clown to most people.
The 1994 film is infamous for the death of Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, in an on-set accident. Many have called The Crow a cursed production, but let’s hope this one goes off without a hitch. [THR]