We’ve been hearing rumors of a Crow reboot, one helmed by Corin Hardy and starring Jason Momoa, for months. While we’ve yet to receive confirmation that the project has officially gotten the green-light, the creator of The Crow comic book (upon which the film is based), James O’Barr, told ScreenGeek the reboot will begin production in early 2018.
O’Barr: “As of right now, [The Crow Reborn] is slated to start pre-production in February with a very talented British director named Corin Hardy. I’m involved in every aspect of the film and working closely with the director.”
It’s the perfect opportunity to look back at the dark, brooding, gothic superhero flick that horror fans have always held dear (especially those who came of age in the 1990s). Our favorite Australian film critic and comedian Mark Bishop just released an intriguing exploration of lesser-known facts about 1994’s The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas.
While the tragic on-set death of star Brandon Lee has become the stuff of legends, casting a shadow over the entire production, the film nonetheless enjoys a powerful legacy. And Lee’s death is but one of many compelling behind-the-scenes details surrounding The Crow. I, personally, had no idea there was a short-lived TV series based on the film, nor that an integral character (The Skull Cowboy) was excised during editing.
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 things you probably didn’t know about The Crow are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
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The character of The Crow was born out of real-life tragedy. Creator of the comic book series upon which the film is based, James O’Barr, wrote the tale after his girlfriend was killed in a drunk driving accident. He was also inspired by a news story he read in which a couple was murdered for an engagement ring.
To give Brandon Lee’s Crow make-up a more weathered look, the actor would apply it the night before and sleep in it.
Director Alex Proyas originally planned on filming The Crow in black & white with only the flashback scenes in color.
The movie had to be completed after Lee’s tragic death. This was done mostly be employing body-doubles and CGI.
The crow used in the film was actually a raven named Magic. While all of The Crow sequels are standalones, Magic appears in all three of them.
There was a Crow TV series; The Crow: Stairway to Heaven hoped to cash-in on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer craze of the late 1990s. The Canadian TV series ran for one season and consisted of 22 episodes. Peep the trailer below.
In the comic book series, Eric Draven was a drug addict. The biggest difference, however, is that there is no physical crow/raven sidekick in the comic book series.
In the comic book series, Draven had a mentor/guide in the form of an entity known as The Skull Cowboy. This character had to be removed from the film due to Lee’s death. The Skull Cowboy’s lines were turned into the film’s narrations by Sarah (Rochelle Davis).
There was a video game based on The Crow produced by Akklaim in 1997. There was also a sequel made in tandem with The Crow: City of Angels.
Other actors who were considered for the part of The Crow/Eric Draven include River Phoenix, Christian Slater, and Johnny Depp. The part was also offered to real-life rock musician Charlie Sexton.
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Official Synopsis for The Crow: Stairway to Heaven: A deceased street musician returns to life, and must restore the balance between good and evil to be reunited with his dead girlfriend.
Official Synopsis: The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission.
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