The star of the upcoming The Crow reboot, Jason Momoa, teased the start of production on the long in development film from director Corin Hardy, based on James O’Barr’s influential graphic novel. The long-planned reboot of The Crow has been stuck in the Hollywood system for around a decade now. The Crow centers on Eric Draven, who’s resurrected by a supernatural crow to avenge his own murder and that of his girlfriend.
Momoa shared a photo of Eric Draven/The Crow’s iconic makeup on his Instagram. The image itself comes from a fan poster by LostMind.
The actor also posted a photo of himself with director Corin Hardy.
Creator James O’Barr was telling Los Angeles Comic-Con fans that he expects pre-production to begin as early as February 2018 with the working title: The Crow Reborn.
“As of right now, it’s slated to start pre-production in February with a very talented British director named Corin Hardy,” ScreenGeek reports. “I’m involved in every aspect of the film and working closely with the director.”
It’s good to see that the actual creator of the source material is involved with the film. The Crow Reborn is being described as a reboot as well as a more faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel. The creator also assured that Brandon Lee’s legacy would not be tarnished. Lee tragically died on the set of The Crow and has often stood as a defining tribute to a young actor’s rising stardom. There are still plenty of fans of Alex Proyas’ original, especially when compared to the countless sequels that never really held up to that first one.
This long-gestating reboot of The Crow has been in the works since February 2010. Originally, Stephen Norrington (Blade) was attached to direct a version based on his own script. Nick Cave (The Proposition) came aboard for rewrites while Mark Wahlberg was in contention to star as Draven. Norrington ended up backing out of the film, as did Wahlberg. 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came aboard after with Bradley Cooper then slated to star. Both of them backed out and a lawsuit was filed by The Weinstein Company that was finally settled out of court.
It doesn’t stop there. After the legal proceedings, Alex Tse (Watchmen) then came aboard to do another rewrite with F. Javier Gutierrez (Rings) set to direct with either Tom Hiddleston or James McAvoy eyed for the lead, before finally settling on Luke Evans who was attached for several years. Corin Hardy came aboard to direct back in December of 2014 with Evans dropping out about a year after that and Jack Huston coming on as Eric Draven, and Andrea Riseborough sought out as the lead villain. Huston backed away, and the project looked uncertain when more legal troubles hit. Finally, Sony Pictures came aboard to distribute with Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, taking the role and assuring fans that this thing is finally going to happen.
Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), the release date for The Crow Reborn is currently unknown.
Images: Jason Mamoa, Buena Vista, Disney, Image Comics