Sony apparently believes in The Crow.
According to The Tracking Board, the studio will distribute The Crow Reborn, a reboot of the classic 1994 Brandon Lee/Alex Proyas film. Based on the comic book by James O’Barr, it tells the tale of struggling rock singer Eric Draven. When he and his girlfriend are brutally murdered by a local gang, Draven returns as The Crow, an undead avenger who must kill the gang and other elements of Detroit’s underworld before he can be at peace. Aided by a sympathetic cop and street urchin, Draven manages to fulfill his mission.
Despite the tragic death of Lee on the set — or perhaps because of — the film became a cult classic. Its moody, gothy tone was the next step up from the early Batman movies and inspired a generation of college kids to put a Crow poster in their dorm rooms. Not that I’m speaking from experience, mind. My Crow poster stayed at home.
It was also a hit, spawning three sequels and a budget television show. Since the end of that last project, many attempts have been made to bring The Crow back with actors as varied as Luke Evans and Bradley Cooper tipped to play Draven. Directors like Rob Zombie, Stephen Norrington and F. Javier Gutierrez all courted the project with various takes. The latter’s was said to be a “faithful” adaption of O’Barr’s original comic book series.
The Crow Reborn is also said to maintain fidelity with the source.
Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy were the most recent actor and director attached to the project as of last year. But it is unclear if this is still the case as The Crow reboot loses actors, directors and steam at a surprising rate. In fact, The Crow Reborn lost Relativity Media as a home during that company’s financial shakeup and subsequent lawsuit. Nevertheless, the site suggests Sony sees The Crow as a potential comic book franchise it can own without a pesky rival studio overshadowing their efforts.
But you have to wonder if The Crow will work some twenty-odd years later. At the time, the film and its soundtrack were seismic events; but they were of the mid-1990s. Outside of that context, I’m not sure The Crow has the meaning or impact to ignite a multi-film series again. On the creative front, it barely had it the first time around. While I certainly hope for better, it’s easy to see this as another one of Sony’s stillborn remakes.
After all, even for Sony, it can’t rain all the time.