Alex Proyas, the director of the very first big-screen outing of The Crow, has been speaking of the plans for the reboot with filmmaker Corin Hardy at the helm and Jason Momoa in the title role. The Crow Reborn is currently in development over at Sony Pictures and will roll into production next year, but it seems that Proyas doesn’t want the film to be remade. His reasons are simple; he doesn’t want the new film to tarnish the memory of Brandon Lee, who was tragically killed near the end of production on the 1994 movie. The filmmaker took to his Facebook page, and here’s what he had to say:
THE CROW would not be a movie worth “remaking” if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee. If it wasn’t for Brandon you may never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice – and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of “rebooting” this story, and the original character – a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost – seems wrong to me.
Please let this remain Brandon’s film.
The plot of the fantastic 90s movie is as follows:
The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission.
What do you think of Proyas’ comments? Do you agree?