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The Crow gets Jack Huston and a Downton Abbey star

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During the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention James O’Barr (writer and artist of The Crow) spoke about the new film. They have got Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) to play Eric. The film will also be a straight adaptation of O’Barr’s original graphic novel. That means it is more along the lines of what the Coen Brothers did with True Grit. Going back to the source material rather than a direct remake of the previous film.

Corin Hardy is set to direct the film which is due to begin production in Belgium over the next few months.

Shelly (Eric’s deceased girlfriend, featured prominently in flashbacks in both the graphic novel and 1994 film) will be played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). O’Barr said that she had been his number one choice for the role.

As with the graphic novel, the actual bird that accompanies Eric throughout the tale will speak to him. O’Barr mentioned that the crow might be brought to life by way of some creepy stop-motion, a la the work of The Brothers Quay.

O’Barr said that he hopes the new film will be successful so that a new franchise will emerge to tackle different characters in a variety of settings and time periods – unlike the previous franchise, which simply rehashed the original film over and over. He also said that, if that were the case, the sequel would feature a very punk, Joan Jett-like female Crow as the lead.

You can watch O’Barr talk about the film in the video below.

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