The revolving door that is the reboot of James O'Barr's graphic novel The Crow on the big screen just keeps on spinning. Are you ready for a recap? Take a deep breath, here we go:
Alex Proyas' initial 1994 film adaptation of the character proved enough of a cult hit to spawn three vastly inferior sequels - 1996's The Crow: City Of Angels, 2000's The Crow: Salvation and 2005's The Crow: Wicked Prayer - along with a 1998 television series with Mark Dacascos filling the role. The title has been dormant for some time now but execs have been looking for a way to bring it back.
Director Stephen Norrington was initially slated to direct the reboot from a script by Nick Cave. Then an actor - who has never been named - expressed an interest in the part and a dislike for Cave's script which led to Cave being bounced. And Norrington followed. The Norrington / Cave combination was eventually replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Alex Tse as the director and writer, respectively, with Bradley Cooper eventually signing on to play Eric Draven. But then Cooper left, too, apparently due to scheduling conflicts, conflicts ironically enough due to his role in Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost.
And now ScreenAnarchy has learned that Fresnadillo, the director of Intruders and 28 Weeks Later, is gone, too. Though nothing is definite on this front yet we're hearing rumblings that Fresnadillo may take over the Highlander reboot for Summit but Highlander or no Highlander he's not doing The Crow any more and the hunt is on for a new director with Before The Fall's F Javier Gutierrez being floated as a possibility.
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