It’s been 33 years since the comic book series The Crow by James O’Barr began shaping the minds of its readers and developing a cult following. Some fans of Eric Draven’s story, however, found their way to Barr’s comics through the 1994 film starring the late Brandon Lee (the son of martial arts and movie icon Bruce Lee), who tragically died during the making of the movie after a gun’s barrel wasn’t checked properly and a squib load was fired instead of a blank round.
But whether you’re a comics die-hard or the Lee-led film is a staple of your Halloween viewing, you may have mixed feelings about The Crow being rebooted for a new generation. I know I certainly do. After all, we’re living in a time in media where everything is being remade. But I’m keeping an open mind considering this reboot had been in development purgatory for nearly 15 years. In that time Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Luke Evans, Jack Huston, Nicholas Hoult, Jack O’Connell, and Jason Momoa were either cast, considered, or rumored to be playing Eric Draven in the film. Even Kristen Stewart (fresh off the success of the Twilight movies), Norman Reedus, and Forest Whitaker were rumored or said to be in consideration for roles in the reboot. We’re talking a veritable who’s who of Hollywood being attached to this project in some capacity.
So who has landed roles in this iteration of the reboot, when is it expected to release, who’s the team behind the movie, and what else do you need to know before viewing? Here’s what we know so far.
Bill Skarsgård will be Eric Draven in The Crow reboot
A Skarsgård has been tapped to play the lead role in The Crow, however, it won’t be Alexander (whose breakthrough role was the vampire Eric Northman in True Blood). Instead, his brother Bill is set to play Eric Draven. Bill Skarsgård is no stranger to the action genre. He’s starred in Deadpool 2, Eternals, John Wick: Chapter 4, and Boy Kills World. This film, however, will be the first time he’s leading a franchise vehicle.
Artist and actress FKA twigs (Honey Boy) and Danny Huston (Yellowstone) have been tapped for lead roles in the reboot. Their characters have not been disclosed. We do know FKA twigs will star as a character akin to Shelly Webster since she’ll be playing Eric’s girlfriend/fiancée but, as a lead, she’ll be featured prominently in the film rather than being solely the tragic catalyst for the plot.
Jordan Bolger, Sami Bouajila, and Laura Birn are also apart of the cast. Isabella Wei plays Zadie.
Filming on The Crow (2024) took place in Prague, beginning in July 13, 2022 and concluding on Sept. 16, 2022. A confirmed release date hasn’t been announced. While IMDb does note that the film is set to premiere on March 28, 2024 in Mexico, this information hasn’t been verified. Hopefully, we can anticipate a March or April release for the movie but for now, the only confirmed release window is 2024.
The $50 million dollar film is from a script written by Oscar nominee Zach Baylin–who is known for his work on sports dramas King Richard, Creed III, and Gran Turismo–and Will Schneider. It’s directed by Rupert Sanders who is best known for Snow White and the Huntsmen and the controversial live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Deadline reports that the reboot is produced by Victor Hadida, the late Samuel Hadida, Molly Hassell, John Jencks, and the late Edward R. Pressman.
Pressman was a producer on The Crow (1994). His son Sam Pressman, who is now the CEO of his father’s company, Pressman Film, spoke to Deadline about the remake. He said the following:
"The Crow has been a very central and integral part of our company and I’m really proud of the progress and the work that has been done. I think the movie is just going to blow people away. Our partners want to approach it in a very 360 way, whether it be video games, an animated series or a universe, but it’s got this cosmic legacy that can expand beyond a singular story.We’re finally at a point where we can really explore those other avenues because it’s such a unique property in that it is not a studio film, it’s not a Marvel film – it’s kind of an anti-Marvel film. I have the highest hopes for that and I really love what Molly Hassell has done in pushing it up the hill and Rupert Sanders is such a visionary."
So, if the reboot is a success, we could see the franchise be revitalized in such a way that there is a sequel and other properties that continue the story similar to how the original film spawned City of Angels, Salvation, and Wicked Prayer and the television series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.
We’ll keep you posted as more news about the reboot comes in. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote!