MOVIE NEWS – Rupert Sanders has signed on to the long-delayed reboot of The Crow, and Bill Skarsgard has been signed on to play Eric Draven.
Fans of the franchise can start to rejoice as a new director, and lead actor have been brought on board for the reboot of the long-running The Crow. According to Deadline, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) will direct the remake of The Crow, with Oscar nominee Zach Baylin (King Richard) penning the script. Bill Skarsgard (It: Part One and Two, Castle Rock) will star as Eric Draven, a character originally played by Brandon Lee, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter FKA Twigs co-starring.
“The Crow is beautiful, dark, poetic and sometimes disturbing,” Sanders said in a statement.
“It is a story of love, loss, grief, and revenge. It is a great honor to revisit James O’Barr’s iconic comic and reimagine The Crow as a foreboding voice of today.”
The Crow is based on James O’Barr’s original comic book, with Victor Hadida, Molly Hassell, John Jencks and Edward R. Pressman producing the new version. The project is a collaboration between Hassell Free Productions, Electric Shadow Company, Davis Films and Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, in association with 30WEST.
They have been trying for years to make a reboot. Various names have been floated as possible candidates for the role of Eric Draven, including Luke Evans, Jack Huston and Norman Reedus. By 2016, the project seemed to have reached a crossroads with director Corin Hardy, who had Aquaman star Jason Momoa attached to play the titular vigilante. Although both seemed very excited about the project, this reboot iteration fizzled out, and in 2018 both announced their exits.
Although the Jason Momoa version died in development hell, images and footage have since been released of the actor, with whom they made it all the way to the rehearsal shoot. It’s interesting to get a glimpse of what could have been, with Hardy noting last year that he still hadn’t completely given up hope that their version of The Crow might be made one day.
No word yet on when the remake of The Crow with Bill Skarsgard will be released in cinemas (or on a streaming service…)