Relativity Studios’ comic book-turned movie franchise reboot The Crow appears to be close to actually starting production, with Corin Hardy (The Hallow) calling the shots – based on a script by relative newcomer Claire Wilson – and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) headlining the film as Eric Draven.
The studio is planning to keep a respectable distance from Alex Proyas’ 1994 film adaptation of James O’Barr’s 1989 Crow comic book in a number of ways including, gender-swapping the main villain in the story. Deadline is reporting that Andrea Riseborough(Oblivion) has entered talks to play the antagonist Top Dollar. While at the same time the director has stated passionately (link) that he is a boyhood fan of the source material and wants to stay true to the themes and style of the Graphic Novel.
And for those who are intrepidatious at the mere mention of a reboot after so many bad sequels and too much adoration and respect for Brandon Lee and arguably his watershed defining moment as an actor – keep an open mind. Source Material creator James O’barr himself is directly involved as creative consultant and has praised the upcoming film. (link)
Hardy previously said that hes “looking into the illustration themselves as much as the story” from O’Barr’s original Crow comic, and . O’Barr himself has mentioned Taxi Driver as inspiration for the reboot’s depiction of its protagonist and setting, in contrast to the original films blend of stylish Goth and neo-Noir elements.