The Crow Reboot Loses a Director; The Twilight Zone Remake Gains One
10.17.11 by Ryan
Poor Eric Draven, will no one make your story? Again?
The reboot of The Crow continues its unlucky streak, which last saw star Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) exit the project due to scheduling conflicts, or after realizing that he had signed up for a reboot of The Crow that was cursed, whichever you believe.
The "reinvention" of The Crow has been in the works since 2008, when Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) was set to write and direct the movie. After working on several drafts of the screenplay, including one from musician/screenwriter Nick Cave, Norrington left the project in October 2010 after an unnamed star requested yet another new script.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) boarded the reboot in April, just in time for The Weinstein Company to request an injunction against the Relativity Media reboot, claiming that TWC owned the worldwide distribution rights to The Crow (TWC's principals released the original adaptation when they worked for Miramax in 1994). A judge later ruled that the case should go to arbitration, leaving Relativity to continue with the reboot, hiring screenwriter Alex Tse (Watchmen) to write a new script. The question is — who will direct the script, since Fresnadillo, like Norrington before him, left the project?
Twitch reported Fresnadillo's departure, which may have been simply to take over the reboot of The Highlander. As reported last month, Fresnadillo is Summit Entertainment's top choice to direct the movie and take over for the departed Justin Lin (Fast Five). The Twitch report would not confirm Fresnadillo's involvement in The Highlander, but did say that he is out of The Crow.
Attempting to avoid such complications is Warner Bros.' reboot of The Twilight Zone. Earlier this month, the studio reportedly put out feelers to several directors, including Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Michael Bay (Transformers), David Yates (Harry Potter) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and it looks like they have finally made their decision.
Variety reports that Warner went with none of those directors, instead picking Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) to helm the movie, which will be based on the TV show and will not be an anthology of four stories like 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. Instead, the studio reportedly plans one single storyline that borrows elements from the Twilight Zone "universe."
No screenwriter was mentioned for the remake,
which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio through his Appian Way production company.