Why Is Director Alex Proyas Against the Remake of The Crow?


Recently we shared a piece of artwork courtesy of actor Jason Momoa that was said to be related to the upcoming remake of The Crow with director Corn Hardy (The Nun) at the helm.

Well, I guess the remake is coming along – currently titled The Crow Reborn – as the original film’s director, Alex Proyas, has just weighed in with his thoughts on the idea of remaking the Brandon Lee original.

And he isn’t happy about it.

That said, the director has a very heartfelt reason behind his feelings, so I suggest giving his comments, which he posted on Facebook, a look through; then let us know what you think.


I was privileged to know Brandon Lee – he was a young, immensely gifted actor with a great sense of humour and a bright future ahead of him. I was also privileged to have been able to call him a friend. Our working relationship as actor/director went beyond mere collaboration. We crafted a movie together which has touched many people.

I did not take a “film by” credit on THE CROW. I wanted it to be Brandon’s movie, because it was, and because he would not be able to make any more movies. He brought all his passion to the movie and it has lasted as his legacy. It is a film I know he would have been proud of.

I finished the film for Brandon – struggling through grief, along with the hugely supportive cast & crew who all loved Brandon, to complete it in his absence. We were imbued with the strength of Brandon’s spirit and his inspiration. Not only Brandon’s wonderful work as an actor and a film-maker, but as a man, who’s humanity had touched us.

THE CROW would not be a movie worth “remaking” if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee. If it wasn’t for Brandon you may never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice – and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of “rebooting” this story, and the original character – a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost – seems wrong to me.

Please let this remain Brandon’s film.

Do you think Alex Proyas hit the nail on the head with his comments, or do you think Brandon Lee would have given the film his blessing? Hard to tell, but let us know what you think below!

The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the Gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar to complete his macabre mission.



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