Rumors have been flying for years that a “Crow” reboot was in the works. Now, time has been allotted for the production to go before the cameras. The hold-up occurred when producers decided to wait for busy Welsh actor Luke Evans (“Dracula,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) to work through his busy schedule in order to don the mantle of the title role. Although Evans is their first choice, they did look at actors Tom Hiddleston (“Thor,” “The Avengers,”) and Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood,” “Battleship”) to play the lead character Eric Draven a.k.a. The Crow. Production is scheduled to start early next year for Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez helming the reboot.
In 1994, during filming, actor Brandon Lee was accidentally shot on the set of “The Crow.” He was pronounced dead the next day. The film crew shot a scene in which it was decided to use a gun without consent from the weapons coordinator, who had been sent home early that night. They handed actor Michael Massee the gun loaded with full power blanks and shot the scene, unaware a bullet head from an inert round had accidentally been lodged in the barrel. Even though the gun was pointed away from Lee, the force from the blank curved the flight of the bullet head and it shattered Lee’s spinal cord. The crew only noticed when Lee was slow getting up.
Some filmgoers have complained that a remake is a bad idea since the James O’Barr comic series only caters to a narrow demographic. Also, some feel, the reboot may have a strong opening but then the box office numbers will quickly drop. In other words, the film is predicted to flop.
Sources: deadline, IMDb