James O’Barr, creator of the cult phenomenon known as The Crow, recently spoke a bit about the upcoming reboot of the franchise that sees Luke Evans in the title role and F. Javier Gutierrez in the director’s seat. The flick will be looking to ruffle some feathers at AFM.
“I don’t want to remake that film; that film is perfect as it is,” O’Barr said Gutierrez told him regarding the Brandon Lee film. “I want to do your book, literally [a] page-for-page adaptation.”
“We’re not remaking the movie; we’re readapting the book,” O’Barr clarifies. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula, and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories…”
Speaking to reinventing the character: “Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy. Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.”
And as for Evans as the new Crow: “I’ve seen him in the make-up too, and he looks great.”