Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Crow Returns
Relativity Media's President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley, and Edward R. Pressman, producer behind the cult-classic "The Crow" franchise, has officially announced that the reinvention of James O'Barr's gothic comicbook character "The Crow" is a go.
The project will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Alex Tse (Watchmen) to write the script. This Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the gothic 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. Bradley Cooper (Limitless) is attached to star as Draven. "The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. Fresnadillo and Tse are perfectly suited to bring these beloved characters back to life, and to create a world worthy of this modern classic," said Relativity.
Relativity and Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation will be teaming with Spain-based Apaches Entertainment on the production. The Crow is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Apaches' Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza. Relativity's Tooley (The Fighter) and Apaches' Jesus de la Vega will serve as executive producers. José Ibáñez and Pressman Film Corporation's Jon Katz will serve as co-producers.
Ever since the first movie, I have been hoping to see another good Crow movie; so Im also excited about the announcement. But I could not help but frown at their choice actor for the title role; Bradley Cooper doesnt seem even close to what I imagine The Crow should look like. He looks too jokey, too muscular, and too alpha male jock-ish to be the Crow. I would have preferred a scrawny, thin actor to play the Crow, he is, after all, somewhat of a zombie. I am not sure if they can pull this off.
Aside from the harrowing fact that it's the final movie which sealed the fate of the late Brandon Lee (who played the title character), the first Crow movie (directed by Alex Proyas) was one of those great movies that was appropriate for its time when it was released. The 90s was when the gothic subculture reached a very prominent peak. I personally think that it's different now because the goth culture has that unpleasant confusion and mixture of commercialism and Emo subculture. In addition, it was also a time when we were introduced to Proyas' gothic style of cinema which had similarities and refreshing distinctions from Tim Burton's style. Alex Proyas also later directed the underrated Dark City, Knowing, and I, Robot.