Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who I’ve always referred to as “that guy who made 28 Weeks Later” is set to get a new nickname. Soon, I just may be referring to him as “that guy who remade The Crow”. Relativity has been trying to get a remake of The Crow going for a few years now, probably because the sequels and the TV series were all such huge smash hits. At one point Blade director Stephen Norrington was attached to make it happen; but now this is happening instead. The most recent version of the script was notable as having been written by Nick Cave, but there will reportedly be a new writer coming on to work with Fresnadillo on rewrites, so it’s impossible to say how much of Cave’s version of the script will make it on screen, if any.
I wouldn’t say that the original version of The Crow is anywhere near untouchable, but it has become a pretty big cult movie over the years. I wonder how fans will react to a remake. There was, admittedly, a brief time during the summer of my thirteenth year when I was telling people that The Crow was my favorite movie of all time, but I personally have no qualms about it being remade. There’s something inherent in this source material that is just awesome to 13 year-old boys on a primal level, so I imagine that Relativity’s plan is to ignore playing to fans anyway. There is a whole new crop of 13 year-old boys who have never even heard of The Crow, and I imagine that’s who will be targeted. Personally, I’m going to wait to see how sleazy looking the gang the new crow has to take down is and how awesome the early 90s alternative soundtrack is before I decide whether or not I’m going to see it. How about you?
Source: Relativity Media