The Crow is a comic book series created by James O'Barr. The series was originally written by O'Barr as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. It was later published by Caliber Comics in 1989, becoming an underground success, and later adapted into a film of the same name in 1994. Three film sequels, a television series and numerous books and comic books have also been subsequently produced. The Crow has been translated into almost a dozen languages and has sold around 750,000 copies worldwide.
The Crow (1994)
The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James O'Barr's 1989 comic book of the same name, it tells the story of Eric Draven (Lee), a rock musician who is revived from the dead to avenge his murder and death of his fiancée.
The lead actor, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed on the set during filming by a defective blank. Unfinished scenes that were to feature him were dealt with by rewrites and digital special effects. The film is dedicated to Lee and his fiancée, Eliza.
Despite the several production setbacks due to Lee's death, The Crow was well-received critically for its unique visual style, premise, and the way the film honored the deceased actor. The film opened at the top of the box office and attained a strong cult following.
The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
The Crow: City of Angels is a 1996 American supernatural action film directed by Tim Pope. It is a sequel to the 1994 cult film The Crow.
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
The Crow: Salvation is a 2000 American supernatural action film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The film is the third in a series based on The Crow comic book by James O'Barr. After its distributor cancelled the intended theatrical release due to The Crow: City of Angels' negative critical reception, The Crow: Salvation was released directly to video.
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer is a 2005 American supernatural action film directed by Lance Mungia and inspired by Norman Partridge's novel of the same title. It is the fourth and final film of The Crow film series. The movie was filmed in the summer of 2003. It had a one week theatrical premiere on June 3, 2005 at AMC Pacific Place Theatre in Seattle, Washington before being released direct to video on July 19, 2005. Like the other sequels to the cult movie, The Crow, it had a poor critical reception.
The Crow (2015)
On December 14, 2008, Stephen Norrington announced in Variety that he planned to write and direct a "reinvention" of The Crow. Norrington distinguished between the original and his remake: "Whereas Proyas' original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style." Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media is currently negotiating with Edward R. Pressman for both the film's rights and financing.
Norrington later stepped out of the project and, on April 7, 2011, it was announced that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had been chosen to direct the film, which has since been regarded as a reboot. Relativity Media's Tooley will serve as executive producer, while Jose Ibanez, Jon Katz and Jesus de la Vega will serve as co-producers. Bradley Cooper was in talks to play the lead. It was reported on April 20, 2011, that the project is undergoing some legal battles. In late June 2011, Relativity Media announced their plans to continue in mid-lawsuit and had tapped Alex Tse, who co-wrote the film adaptation of Watchmen. In mid-August 2011, it was announced that Cooper had dropped out due to scheduling difficulties and Mark Wahlberg, who was originally in talks for the lead in 2010, is up for the part, with additional rumors of Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling possibly taking the role, as well James McAvoy. In October 2011 it was reported that Fresnadillo had departed the project as well. It was confirmed in January 2012 that Francisco Javier Gutiérrez had signed on to direct the remake, with Edward R. Pressman and Jeff Most on producing duties. On April 1, 2012, it was announced as an April Fools' joke that Skrillex was going to be starring as Eric.
According to Edward R. Pressman, "The original 1994 Crow film holds a special place in my heart. The current film is a 'reinvention' of James O'Barr's graphic novel for the 21st century. We're thrilled to have teamed with director Javier Gutiérrez and screenwriter Jesse Wigutow on this story, which remains true to the core of Eric Draven's plight for revenge. Giving too much away wouldn't be any fun. 'Disorder, chaos, anarchy — now that's fun!'".
On the news of future remakes, O'Barr stated, "[...] I don't have great expectations. I think the reality is, no matter who you get to star in it, or if you get Ridley Scott to direct it and spend 200 million dollars, you're still not gonna top what Brandon Lee and Alex Proyas did in that first ten million dollar movie." On April 19, 2013, it was announced that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to play Eric. That same month, there were reports that Hiddleston is not doing the film but Alexander Skarsgård is being eyed for the part. A week later Skarsgård said he's not attached to the film.
On May 4, 2013, Deadline reported that Luke Evans is cast as Eric Draven. Evans revealed to Superhero Hype that the film would be as faithful as possible to the original. On July 3, 2013, The Crow 's creator James O'Barr is named as the creative consultant of the film. On November 21, 2013, Schmoes Know has reports that Norman Reedus is up for the role of the character "James", and Kristen Stewart was up for the part of Shelly; however, she didn't get the role. In December 2014, the studio hired Corin Hardy to direct the film. Evans told Den of Geek in an interview that he may not do the film, it was revealed that Evans has dropped out of the film due to other projects. On February 9, 2015, O'Barr told Blastr in an interview that he's interested in Sam Witwer in the role. The film is set to start production in Spring 2015. On February 25, 2015, it was reported that Jack Huston would be starring in the film. On March 14, 2015, O'Barr has confirmed to Dread Central at The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention that Huston is cast as Draven in the reboot and at a Q&A on the convention, Jessica Brown Findlay is cast as Shelly Webster.
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is a Canadian supernatural drama television series created by Bryce Zabel. It originally aired from September 25, 1998 to May 22, 1999, consisting of 22 episodes. The series was based on the 1994 film The Crow, which itself was based on James O'Barr's 1989 comic book series of the same name. It starred Mark Dacascos as the main protagonist, Eric Draven.