BREAKING: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exiting THE CROW Reboot

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BREAKING: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exiting THE CROW Reboot
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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coldesserOctober 14, 2011 3:48 PM

God, can't we just hand it over to Refn and be done with it?

skinnyboy23October 14, 2011 3:49 PM

ugh they just need to give it a rest. The only Crow type movie that would be remotely good would be if they followed the comic as if it where the storyboard for the film itself. I still don't see a need to retread this again since the Alex Proyas was good enough.

I still think the hardest part will be trying to beat that soundtrack, you have to admit that was a great soundtrack and I don't think that can be beat. Only way I can see it being topped would be to keep the music in the period of the Graphic Novel .

Ryland AldrichOctober 14, 2011 10:32 PM

Two words: Jack White.

DesiOctober 15, 2011 12:31 PM

It's really too bad, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would have made a great movie of it. He's an extremely talented director.

TravisOctober 15, 2011 1:15 PM

The Crow had 3 sequels, not 2.

Todd BrownOctober 15, 2011 1:28 PM

Which tells you how highly I think of them. Poor Ed Furlong ... shudder ... I'd blocked that out.

hiroaki.jOctober 15, 2011 3:41 PM

For what? I don't think anyone wants a soggy looking Eric Draven. Iggy Pop in his prime was the inspiration for the physique of the character.

Something like this might be a good choice to hand to someone like Jim Mickle of Stakeland, it's really a small story and I think he got a lot of character mileage out of that film.

MartinOctober 17, 2011 8:37 AM

As much as I enjoyed Proyas' take on The Crow during my early teens, it pales (or tans?) in comparison to the graphic novel. I would like to see a frame-by-frame adaptation of that - it's a well-detailed storyboard already! The lack of real danger might be a problem, seeing as how Eric is invincible, but his inner torment is the most interesting aspect anyway. A script by Nick Cave does intrigue me, though...