The Crow Remake Is Happening; F. Javier Gutiérrez Is Directing

Despite having plenty of indicators of being a cursed franchise, The Crow remake is finally happening.  Relativity Media has announced director F. Javier Gutiérre will be helming the film and Jesse Wigutow has signed on as writer.  It appears that all signs are go.  Brandon Lee stared in the original 1994 Alex Proyas film based on James O’Barr’s comic, and as we all know, Brandon Lee died from an accidental gunshot he received on set.

The remake has been in limbo for a few years now, changing hands and names and all sort of things. Initially back in 2008, Stephen Norrington was announced as the director. Norrington previously directed the wonderfully sadistic drama-thriller The Last Minute (2001), which is a movie I absolutely love. Despite his output since then, (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. That’s it), I still believe in Norrington, but this tangent is irrelevant since he dropped off The Crow remake early last year. When he stopped being linked to The Crow, his name was attached to a WWII monster flick called The Lost Patrol. Is that still happening? Poor guy has had horrible luck, someone let Norrington direct a goddamn movie already!

After that, 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was in the director’s chair for a while, with Bradley Cooper in the lead. No offense guys, but things I am glad didn’t happen include that. It got worse though, Cooper vanished and Mark Wahlberg’s name was being thrown around.

And in the midst of this game of cast and crew musical chairs, there’s been an all out war between production company Relativity Media and the Weinstein brothers over who actually owns the film rights to The Crow. I can imagine this is much of the reason no one has been able to stay attached to the project. Last week they finally settled, amicably, out of court (booooo–I wanted a cage-match with hollywood bloodshed), and now the movie is on.

From the press release:

Relativity Media’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley, Edward R. Pressman, producer behind the cult-classic The Crow franchise, and The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films, announced today they have closed a deal with F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before The Fall) to direct a reinvention of The Crow, the 1994 smash hit film based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr. Writer Jesse Wigutow has signed on to pen the script. 

Gutiérrez’s directorial debut, the Spanish-language apocalyptic thriller Before the Fall (Tres Dias), became an international and award-winning sensation after premiering at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2008. In Spain, the film won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2008 Malaga Film Festival, the Miradas Award (TVE) for Best Motion Picture of the Year, and garnered nominations from the Spain Critics Awards.  Gutiérrez is currently developing Dimension Films’ sci-fi thriller The Greys.

Wigutow most recently did a re-write for Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend for Summit, and adapted the book “Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel” for Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Films.  He is also developing Age Inappropriate at Universal and Irreparable Harm at HBO. Previously, he has worked on films including: Tron: Legacy, 8 Mile, Eragon, and The Ruins

The Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest. The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography.  The project is currently in development; start of production, targeted release dates and casting to be announced. 

This is the best it’s looked since the remake’s inception, but I doubt anyone is really that convinced it’s actually happening. Who cares anyhow. Remakes are boring.

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