Hey, so this is a little embarrassing. Remember a few months ago when I said The Crow reboot project at Relativity Studios had a new lease of life and was going to see some serious traction and if you had any sense you’d heavily invest in the film’s production? Remember that? Well forget I said that.
According to Screenrant, the project has seen yet another mammoth setback with the exit of Jack Huston. The actor was set to take up the mantle of the supernatural rockstar Eric Draven, originally played by Brandon Lee in 1994, following the departure of Luke Evans and what feels like every other leading man in Hollywood. Huston’s addition to the cast was a strong sign, as the Boardwalk Empire actor joined very quickly after Corin Hardy took the helm as director, keeping the flow of fresh blood running thick and fast.
Unfortunately, the actor’s departure is down to a scheduling conflict.
I may be overreacting about how doomed the project is, since Hardy himself doesn’t seem too perturbed by the abandonment of his leading man:
Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow. The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Who could that new lead be? Currently the rumours are suggesting that the role will go to either Nicholas Hoult of Mad Max: Fury Road fame or Jack O’Connell, who recently starred in Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken. Even Relativity doesn’t seem that concerned about the loss, and continues to laud Hardy as a director:
“Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vison for The Crow, and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the big screen.”
It sounds as though the studio is pretty well versed in setbacks when it comes to The Crow, so it wouldn’t be a surprise that they have contingencies ready and waiting. Let’s just wait and see who gets the role next.
Who would you like to see as The Crow?
It’s been a long, gruelling decathlon for the Crow reboot, going through multiple staff and development setbacks. But now the final nail has been hammered into the coffin – that’s not negative, the film’s about a guy who comes back from the dead – with the announcement that the make-up donning anti-hero will be played by Jack Huston.
Empire has reported that the young up and comer has finalised a deal to take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star who is murdered by a gang and is brought back from the dead to exact some freaky revenge.
Huston will be joining The Hallow helmsman Corin Hardy, the latest and hopefully final director to be attached to the project. The actor’s name has been in the pool for the role for a good while now, and he was even semi confirmed for the gig by original graphic novel scribe James O’Barr, who was dropping Jack Huston bombs all over the place. O’Barr has been deeply indeed with the reboot, ensuring that the plot and tone stay as close to the graphic novel, which is a good reason to get super excited about this project.
But don’t expect to see Huston getting into his blacks and leathers too soon. The actor’s got a whole stack of work coming up, which can I lay have been helpful in securing him the Crow gig. It might also have helped that he’s a lot of these projects are book adaptations, like Nicholas Spark‘s The Longest Ride, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from Seth Grahame-Smith. What else? The reboot of Ben-Hur? That do anything for you?
Before you start breaking out the congratulations for Huston, this won’t be an easy role to take on. The original Crow movie from 1994 is a hallowed cult classic and as much affection is felt for the late original actor Brandon Lee as there is for Eric Draven. So the task for Huston will be taking the role his own direction while still remaining faithful to the subject matter. Will he be up for the challenge? We’ll have to wait and see.
The reboot of The Crow, based on James O’Barr‘s cult graphic novel, is one of those projects that feels like it’s been in the works forever. Countless different actors and directors have been connected and fallen away just as quickly. Luke Evans is the latest actor with any claim on the role as the man who is resurrected by a supernatural crow and takes revenge after watching his fiancée get murdered.
The stability of the project was brought into question again this week as director F. Javier Gutiérrez taken leave of the graphic novel adaptation. There has been some speculation that he was opting to work on the latest film in the Ring franchise, but there’s simply not enough evidence to support that.
But fear not, Crow fans. Doors shut and windows open and all that nonsense, as director Corin Hardy has now been attached to run the show. Gutiérrez has not washed his hands of the project entirely, and will apparently stay on as an executive producer. This may seem like a minimal detail but O’Barr, who is still on board as a consultant for the reboot, was singing the praises of Gutiérrez and his plans to make an entirely faithful adaptation of the graphic novel.
Relativity Studios’ decision to hire Hardy was due in no small part to recommendation made by fellow director Edgar Wright to producer Edward R. Pressman.
Hardy also has a project entitled The Hallow coming out next year, and is scheduled to start work on The Crow in the spring with an as yet unconfirmed release date.
If you want to see some of Hardy’s previous work, check out his animated short Butterfly below; or alternatively some of his music video work, which includes bands like The Prodigy, Keane and Biffy Clyro.
The original film adaptation of The Crow was released in 1993 with director Alex Proyas and starring the late actor Brandon Lee in his final film role.
Are you still excited to see The Crow fly again? Which actor would you like to see attached?