The Crow Reboot Hires New Screenwriter and Director
01.25.12 by Ryan
Earlier this week, Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company finally settled their long-standing legal issues and decided to "work together" on the in-development "re-imagining" of The Crow, and while we assumed a new director and screenwriter would be sought eventually, we had no idea that it would happen this fast.
According to Deadline, screenwriter Jesse Wigutow (Eragon) has been hired to write a new screenplay for the movie. Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse was the last writer hired for scripting duties, but whether any of his work will end up in the movie remains to be seen.
In the director's chair is F. Javier Gutierrez, taking over for the departed Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), who, in turn, took over for the departed Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Gutierrez directed the 2008 post-apocalyptic serial killer movie Before the Fall.
Based on creator James O'Barr's cult hit comic book, The Crow follows Eric Draven, a rock musician who is resurrected by supernatural forces to take revenge on those that murdered him and his fiancée. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) was the last actor cast in the role before dropping out, while Mark Wahlberg was also rumored to be playing the role around the same time that Norrington left the project, taking his script with him. No casting decisions have been made so far, but we'll be expecting some probably later today considering how fast The Crow is progressing.
Director Alex Proyas helmed the first movie adaptation of The Crow, which became one of the Top 25 grossing movies of 1994.