The Crow Reinvention Reportedly Taking Flight By January
There was some news out of the Cannes Film Festival today regarding the rumored reboot of the dormant Crow franchise.
Buried near the end of Screen Daily’s story about producer Ed Pressman’s plans to remake the 1988 thriller Bloodsport with director Phillip Noyce at the helm was an item about Pressman also pressing forward on his Crow remake. The producer said 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo plans to begin shooting this latest Crow in January, adding that Bradley Cooper is still in negotiations to play the back-from-the-dead angel of vengeance (as we reported back in April).
Given that it's been over a month since Cooper's name was first thrown into the mix, one must wonder if negotiations might hit a snag when Cooper’s Hangover sequel cleans up at the box office later this month, driving the actor’s asking price through the roof? Or is Cooper just a rabid fan of the based-on-a-comic film franchise - which started with Brandon Lee back in 1994 - to the point where he’s willing to reduce his fee in order to don the black trench coat and stark-white facial paint required to play The Crow? He doesn't strike me as the right choice to play the character, but in the end, how much does it matter who's really behind the makeup? If this production’s going to take flight in January, those questions will have to be answered sooner rather than later.
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