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CROW Director, Writer Hired

Relativity Media signs new director and writer for Crow reboot.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 25, 2012
Source: Relativity Media

Relativity Media’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley, Edward R. Pressman, producer behind the cult-classic The Crow franchise, and The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films, announced today they have closed a deal with F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before The Fall) to direct a reinvention of The Crow, the 1994 smash hit film based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr. Writer Jesse Wigutow has signed on to pen the script.

Gutiérrez’s directorial debut, the Spanish-language apocalyptic thriller Before the Fall (Tres Dias), became an international and award-winning sensation after premiering at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2008. In Spain, the film won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2008 Malaga Film Festival, the Miradas Award (TVE) for Best Motion Picture of the Year, and garnered nominations from the Spain Critics Awards. In Europe, the film was a finalist for the 2008 European Film Awards and won main prizes in such science-fiction and fantasy film festivals as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, the Trieste Film Fesitval, and later in the U.S., picked up four awards at Los Angeles’ famed Horror Festival “Scream Fest” in 2009 (for editing, Gutiérrez’s directing, cinematography, and actor Victor Clavijo). The film also ranked #3 on the “International Watch List 2008”. Gutiérrez is currently developing Dimension Films’ sci-fi thriller The Greys.

Wigutow most recently did a re-write for Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend for Summit, and adapted the book “Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel” for Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Films. He is also developing Age Inappropriate at Universal and Irreparable Harm at HBO. Previously, he has worked on films including: Tron: Legacy, 8 Mile, Eragon, and The Ruins.

The Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest. The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. The project is currently in development; start of production, targeted release dates and casting to be announced.

The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity’s Tooley (Immortals), The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Farah Films’ Dan Farah (Armored) will serve as executive producers.

Paradigm, Gutiérrez’s manager Farah, and attorney Stephen Clark of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc. represented Gutierrez on the deal and Wigutow was represented by UTA and attorney Warren Dern of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern LLP, and Benderspink.

Relativity recently released Oscar®-winner Steven Soderbergh’s dynamic action-thriller Haywire in theatres. Looking ahead, Relativity will release the the heart-pounding Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor (in theatres February 24, 2012) and magical adventure comedy Mirror Mirror (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, and Armie Hammer. The studio just wrapped production on the comedy 21 and Over and is currently in pre-production on Nicholas Sparks’ gripping love story Safe Haven and the international espionage thriller Hunter Killer.

Pressman is currently in development on a reinvention of the iconic action film Bloodsport written by Robert Kamen (Taken) and to be directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt). The latest feature from Pressman, The Moth Diaries, directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), will be released by IFC Films later this year.


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joeyteague 1/25/2012 7:31:51 PM

Good luck casting Draven... Brandon Lee MADE that role... there is no need to remake this film!  Why don't they make a new Crow story with a female lead this time?!

InnerSanctum 1/25/2012 10:03:52 PM

 Because the first one wasn't good enough?  Or, is it that they think they might be able to drain the last few drips out of the tit? 

scytheofluna 1/26/2012 4:30:05 AM

 Brandon Lee didn't "make That role".  He did a great job in a loose adaptation.  For those of us who loved the Crow before the film came out, those of us with tattered dog eared copies of the graphic novel, the film had the general idea right but a faithful adaptation of the book would be amazing.  The remake will probably suck, but it certainly doesn't have to.  The original film got enough wrong that a reboot that's closer to the source material could and should be even better than Proyas' well intentioned but flawed original take. 

spider2an 1/26/2012 4:35:41 AM

A big fan of The Crow graphic novel and the first film, which I agree with, Lee made that role iconic. However, a reboot would be most welcome to make me forget the sequels to the original. Not even Mark Dacascos in 98 could do it any justice, and lets face it, no one comes closer to being Brandon Lee than Mark Dacascos, practically seperated at birth.

jedibanner 1/26/2012 5:27:32 AM

Nah....another pointless remake that does something NO ONE ask for it and only for $$$ purposes and not for originality is this fiasco is being made.


Tevii 1/26/2012 6:42:43 AM

@joeyteague - I thought that exact thing when the sequel was being made. They tried to find a replacement for Brandon when a woman crow wouldve shown the audience they were taking a different route.

@scytheofluna - Brandon Lee didnt make the role, but he did make the movie great.  I heard James o'barr will be very involved with this version. So the movie might be closer overall, but I doubt the performance for Eric Draven will match Brandon's

monkeyfoot 1/26/2012 7:49:14 AM

I loved the original movie but had only read the novel much later (got the author to sign it). Although the circumstances of Brandon's death help make this a classic, I don't mind them doing a remake of it. One of Monkeyfoot's Rule of Thumb for Remakes is that a franchise character can always be re-done. Just like Superman, Batman, Tarzan, or Sherlock Holmes, a comic book character like the Crow can be re-interpreted again for the screen. If it will be any good only time will tell.

violator14 1/26/2012 8:41:21 AM

Cast arnold schwarzenegger as the Crow as his comeback role!

mellowdoux 1/26/2012 9:23:41 AM

 They really need to cast Rodney Allen Rippy. It's the role he was born to play.

axia777 1/26/2012 10:42:05 AM

Make it like the original comic and I am interested.  Otherwise they can blow me.

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