After years of rumors, The Crow reboot is coming. The face of this resuscitated franchise is Luke Evans, a handsome Welsh actor who recently appeared in Fast & Furious 6 as well as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Set to play Eric Draven, a role originated by the late Brandon Lee in the 1994 original, Evans has been asked what audiences should expect from this resurrected reboot. One thing he promised was that Lee's beloved final film would be respected and unsullied.
This reflects what O'Barr himself said of the in-development production last summer, when Relativity Media brought him on board to serve as The Crow's consultant. Ahead of a Comic Con panel with the reboot's helmer F. Javier Gutierrez, O'Barr said in a statement:
In both of these responses, there is a clear respect being paid not only to Lee's movie, but also to the fans who have made it such a cultural phenomenon. It's well-deserved respect, considering their love of the character of The Crow made the first film a commercial hit and paved the way for a franchise that has boasted five features so far. But it's worth noting, part of the resistance to a reboot was due to how quickly the sequels devolved, culminating in the little-known Edward Furlong/Tara Reid vehicle The Crow: Wicked Prayer in 2005.
Thankfully, this reboot has a better base than Wicked Prayer. While Gutierrez is a bit of a wild card, having only the little-known Spanish feature Before the Fall to his credit, this Crow has O'Barr's blessing as well as a compelling leading man in Evans.
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