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THE CROW: James O’Barr offers Remake Plot, Music, & Production Details

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The Crow Reboot Plot, Music, and Production Details Revealed. The remake of The Crow, recently casting Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay in the lead roles, has also released information regarding aspects of the film’s plot, music, and its production. This news was recently revealed at James O’Barr (creator of The Crow comic book series)’s panel interview at the 2015 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention.

The Crow remake details:

– As with the graphic novel, the actual bird that accompanies Eric throughout the tale will speak to him. O’Barr mentioned that the crow might be brought to life by way of some creepy stop-motion, a la the work of The Brothers Quay.

– The new film will shoot in Belgium, which surprisingly stands in quite well for Detroit in some spots.

– As with the original film, O’Barr has a say in the choice of soundtrack selections. He said that there are several newer bands being looked at, and the chosen artists will write new songs specifically for the film. In addition, there will be some actual Joy Division songs in the movie, as with the graphic novel it’s based on (the ’94 film only featured a Joy Division cover – Nine Inch Nails’ take on “Dead Souls”).

Since the crow in The Crow will have a more prominent role in the remake, here is information on that character:

The Crow is a supernatural bird that serves as the protagonist’s link between the living world and the realm of beyond. The magical crow is capable of resurrecting people who have been murdered, so that the victims may be able to seek justice on the person or people responsible for their death. The story of the Crow seems to come from an old Native American legend.

On the “reborn” in The Crow comic books:

While they are in possession of the Crow’s powers, the majority of those reborn possess several unique abilities. Because they are already dead, the reborn do not need to eat or sleep and are incapable of feeling pain (save for the tortured memories of their own untimely demise), and has an accelerated healing factor being able to instantly recover from any form of bodily harm, no matter how great the damage. Because of their otherworldly physical strength, the reborn are able to quickly overcome any adversary, even those who would be otherwise untouchable. The reborn’s supernatural senses also make them exceptionally skilled at hunting down and eliminating a target. The reborn is superhumanly agile with cat-like reflexes, being able to scale across buildings and rooftops, fight with great skill and shoot guns and throw knives with great accuracy even if he or she had never possessed such skills during his or her life. In addition the reborn shares eyes with the Crow, thus being able to observe the place with the help of the bird. The Crow also does everything to help the reborn when necessary.

In Wicked Prayer and Stairway to Heaven, it is said that the source of the reborn’s superhuman strength is their love for the ones they’ve lost. However, in City of Angels, Ashe Corvin says that pain is the source of his strength.

Also often the reborn possesses the ability to see images from his or her lover’s memory when touching things he or she touched before, or to see the memories of a person when touching their eyes (or at least their face). In addition the reborn usually can send the images and feelings from the memories already absorbed to the person whose eyes the reborn touches at the moment (Eric Draven in the first movie virtually kills his enemy making him feel thirty hours of Shelly’s pain in one moment). In The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Eric can see events that transpired simply by touching objects that belonged to someone who was loved.

Although the person brought back to life by the Crow is physically invulnerable, in the movies and later Crow comics he/she does have one weakness: because the magical crow is the source of their connection between life and death, if it were to be harmed or killed, this would leave the reborn vulnerable to attack. Many have attempted to exploit this weakness but only some have been successful (see The Crow or The Crow: City of Angels). However, even in case of the Crow being harmed, the reborn doesn’t lose many of their special abilities, e.g. to see a person’s memories when touching their eyes. In addition, the reborn is supposed to lose their invincibility when he or she considers their mission completed; in The Crow: Salvation, Alex Corvis is tricked into thinking that he completed his mission, thus he becomes vulnerable. His guide Crow, however, with the help of Erin, successfully makes Alex realize his mistake and rise again.

In the graphic novel of The Crow, Eric is completely invincible except for his wounds suffered from self-mutilation.

In The Crow: Waking Nightmares comic book it is stated that the Crow power is taken from the reborn, in case he leaves the path of vengeance. In case of losing special powers the reborn becomes vulnerable, starts to rot, and rigor mortis sets in soon, as if the reborn were still in their graves.

In The Crow: City of Angels and The Crow: Salvation films, those resurrected by the Crow have demonstrated the ability to turn into crows and possess the natural abilities of a crow, such as flight and nightvision.

During the person’s “rebirth,” the crow serves as a guide, helping the individual tap into his or her potential and assisting in tracking down the wrongdoers. To other people, the Crow seems to be nothing more than a common bird; but the Crow is capable of speaking to the reborn, often helping guide them to exact their revenge.

Watch James O’Barr’s interview panel at the 2015 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention and leave your thoughts on it and the information he offered about The Crow remake below in the comments section. For more The Crow news, photos, and videos, visit our The Crow Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, or “like” us on Facebook for quick updates. The Crow remake has no release date yet.

Source: Wikipedia, Dreadcentral


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