The Reel Cinemaniac: The Crow Rebooted

By Josh Simpkins

In 1994, an independent film directed by Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt) and based on a graphic novel by James O’Barr, hit the silver screen and instantly became one of my top five favorite films. Starring Brandon Lee in his final and most poignant role, the film I speak of is The Crow. I love The Crow. I even liked it’s first sequel The Crow: City of Angels and the television reboot series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. A few years ago, it was announced that a new retooled Crow film was sailing around Hollywood. I was both excited and dismayed about this news. (I think I’ve made my stance clear on reboots it the past.) I love The Crow, but I dislike remakes. Then all the rumor mill hub-bub started.

The film had been in development at Relativity Media with various directors and actors for nearly a decade. Big names like Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgard, and Luke Evans were all slated to portray Eric Draven at one time or another. The project landed both a director and lead actor. Then it lost both. This patterned occurred over and over again. Sadly, the film has been in limbo since Relativity Media went bankrupt. It seemed like this Crow reboot was going to be stuck in developmental hell for always and eternity. Then a light at the end of the tunnel appeared in the sexy form of Jason Momoa (Sugar Mountain).

A fan of the original film series Momoa lobbied to be cast as the films protagonist Eric Draven, and Hollywood listened. So, we have a shining star for the lead, but what about a director? Director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) was approached and tentatively took the gig. With Momoa and Hardy involved things were looking up, but rumor has it now neither one is currently attached—though both men’s IMDb pages have The Crow Reborn listed in pre-production phase. What is going on with The Crow reboot?
Well, thanks to Sony Pictures we have some answers.
Sony Pictures has signed on to distribute the long-stalled The Crow Reborn worldwide. What; for real? Thank you, Sony!
This is good news for fans who have been eagerly awaiting this reboot for the better part of a decade now. We may not know who may land the starring role, write the screenplay and direct the film, but the fact that a major distributor has picked it up makes me exceedingly encouraged. I will strive to keep all my friends and neighbors posted concerning what transpires with this project.

Joshua Simpkins, affectionately known as “Big” Josh to his friends and family, has resided in the scenic KRV for most of his life. He is an alumnus of Kern Valley High School Class of 1997 and graduated with honors from Cerro Coso Community College Lake Isabella Campus in 2009. Josh is a devoted husband, loving father, and extremely proud grandpa. Not to mention his great love of the cinema is apparent in his film critiques.

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