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THE CROW: James O’Barr Gives Update on Remake

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The Crow Creator James O’Barr Unveils Info on Remake. Just in time for Halloween, James O’Barr, who created the acclaimed comic book The Crow, has just revealed some huge updates for the remake of the film.

ComingSoon had a sit-down with James O’Barr, where he talked about the new big screen plans for The Crow remake as well as his involvement with the film. He said that the film is not a remake of the original 1994 film. He later adds:

We’re readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi ‘Dracula’ and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola ‘Dracula’. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to ‘Taxi Driver’ or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them. Part of the appeal of ‘The Crow’ comics, after all, is that they can tell very different stories.

So it turns out that Eric will still be the film, who is being portrayed by Dracula Untold’s Luke Evans. However, it will not be the same version as Brandon Lee’s Eric Draven. If you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed,” O’Barr said. James further explains:

Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven… [N]o one understands that fear more than me. Brandon Lee was a friend and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy.

James elaborates that he will also be controlling the film’s soundtrack, just like he did for the 1994 film. “We’re including some music I’d wanted to originally, but just couldn’t get the rights to,” says O’Barr. “Some actual Joy Division songs. Some vintage Cure songs. I’m still pretty active in the music industry, and there is a lot of neo-goth bands out there, that have that same sound, and I’ve talked to some of them about contributing, and they’re very excited about it.”

On the whole, James is pretty confident on the new film and has some good remarks on Luke Evan’s look. “I’ve seen him in the make-up, too” O’Barr said, “and he looks great… I think the studio understands that if they want a ‘Crow’ ‘franchise’, they have to get it right. We’re hoping to begin production later this month, and start shooting in the spring.”

The film will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez with no announced release date.

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