UPDATE (5/7/13): We have been contacted by Relativity Media who would like us and you to know that the draft under review has been “changed and re-written.” Which is both the expected response and a huge relief. Like I tried … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Can This Script Resurrect ‘The Crow?’ [UPDATED]

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UPDATE (5/7/13): We have been contacted by Relativity Media who would like us and you to know that the draft under review has been “changed and re-written.” Which is both the expected response and a huge relief. Like I tried to make clear below, I’d like a good version of ‘The Crow’ to hit theaters, I think there’s a lot to be said for these smaller genre pictures.

‘The Crow’ has seen its start-date postponed, so we can assume the script is still being molded into something workable. Which makes me even happier that I didn’t destroy the larger plot of Acts 2 and 3 in my report below. Save the Cheerleader, Save The World. Uh. I mean: save the script, save the movie.

ORIGINAL POST:

Hello again, friends!

It’s been great seeing El Mayimbe swing for the scoop fences with Warner Bros and Marvel these past few months; haters be damned! But, I’m here to dish on another Comic Book Movie that isn’t coming from one of the big houses, even though it totally wants to build a new franchise.

Yes, we’re getting another adaptation of ‘The Crow’ and since it’s been announced it’s been a revolving door of directors, writers and potential stars. The newest word is that Luke Evans will be killed and resurrected to avenge for love, and that news is so fresh I had already made the below preview by the time it hit.

I have a bit of history with ‘The Crow’ franchise that I’ll explain, but suffice to say I’ve read more potential Crow movies than any other franchise (although I’ve also read every draft of ‘Alien 3′ I’ve been able to find, so that’s a close second). I think I’m semi-qualified to speak to how effective the current draft of ‘The Crow’ reboot is, but ultimately I leave it up to you.

As you’ll see, I don’t go into anything beyond Act I of the movie, because – as you’ll see – the remaining story is built on a shoddy foundation. There are a few things, like the identity of The Crow this time around and a breakdown of the “new” powers of The Crow that I have to spoil, but only so we can all come to an understanding about this film.

I want a good Crow movie. I’d love a good Crow movie. And when the Luke Evans news included a bit saying they’ll push production back to the beginning of 2014 (instead of this fall like it was scheduled), my heart took a little leap of joy.

Because, as it is now…I don’t want to see the movie I just read.

It’s fixable, and I’m leaving out enough of the plot in hopes that someone with the power to do so fixes it.

If you’re a fan of ‘The Crow’ you should support this reboot effort. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t demand excellence from your genre movies. You are the audience after all.

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  • John Page

    He’s a police officer? Really? Are the goth kids supposed to relate to that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/StephenMCroft Steve Croft

    Holy shit that sounds abominable. There is a potentially good movie to be made in ‘The Crow’. One could even reimagine it for a more modern time. With social media etc taking part, people posting pics of sightings of Eric Draven online etc, reporting him to be ‘real’ and a ‘myth’ at the same time. (However, I would only ever touch on that lightly, like Kickass did, having it as sort of a background element) Having him be a modern day ‘ghost’ as he tracks down his and Shellys murderers over a period of time as they hide out from him or go on the run. However, this is definitely not the way you do it. You don’t turn him into a literal ghost ffs.

  • scarecrow

    the latest j.o. barr crow mini, “skinning wolves” would make an awesome movie.

  • hickoryduck

    This script honestly sounds completely fake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/StephenMCroft Steve Croft

    Fuck I hope so.

  • Sarcastabastard

    Do the comic or get the fuck out.

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  • GeneJacket

    Maaaaaaaaaaan that sounds fucking terrible. Bet the original’s amazing soundtrack is switched for flavor-of-the-month hip-hop, too.

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  • C.I

    I appear missing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/StephenMCroft Steve Croft

    Thing is, the idea of the Crow lends itself to some awesome music. I could see a great hiphop soundtrack to a revenge driven movie like The Crow. Tupac, Biggie, NWA, Public Enemy… some fantastic music.

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  • The Duck

    The Crow was my teenage angst movie even with its flaws I still love it. Every time I hear “reboot” I shudder! Would I like to see another Crow movie? Yup but this needs to be right & not with Draven. Make it fresh, up to date, dark & god damn awesome. Mackenzie Crook, in my opinion, could pull off a different take on the Crow. His gaunt wiry frame kicking ass instead of bulked up A-listers would show off the “power” of the crow. Anyway thats my take.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeronimo.mico Jeronimo Mico

    Brandon was still the Best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Millertime44 Lance Miller

    Just. Leave. It. Alone!!! The first one was perfect, then they made everything else. It just needs to be left as a testament to Bramdon’s talent and his memory.

  • Hatinghaters

    Wow … You’re an ex-coverage reader who makes Vimeo critic comments on a latino review site … It’s no wonder you’re so bitter and snarky … I understand … Well I don’t actually but I can imagine how painful it must be to have absolutely no talent and therefor have to overcompensate by being a condescending, pseudo-intellectual do nothing who most probably wears glasses with clear lenses that aren’t prescription … When I see you I might smash you in the face just for shiggles … Small town my man …

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