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The Crow will return with Jason Momoa

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The have been plans afoot for many years to bring a new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow to the big screen. The 1994 Alex Proyas directed film starring Brandon Lee was a classic, yet the sequels didn’t build on what had gone before.

Over the years there has been talk of many actors playing Eric Draven – Channing Tatum, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans and Jack Huston are just a few.

It looks like things may have settled down as Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is set to direct Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones) as the title character for Relativity. Filming is set to begin in January 2017 once Momoa has wrapped on the Justice League movie.

O’Barr was initially very hesitant about making a new film for his very personal character, but he has come round to the idea, especially as they are going back to the comic book.

That got me intrigued – the idea of adapting it from page 1 and going from there, including a lot of the darker or stranger elements of the comic dropped from the original film. We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book. 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 after all.

A while back there was word that Andrea Riseborough would be playing the big bad of the piece, Top Dollar. However, it remains to be seen whether she is still involved in the project.

According to The Wrap, Relativity is emerging from bankruptcy and The Crow reboot is a priority project for the studio as it looks to rebuild its reputation in Hollywood.

I am not sure about Momoa playing Draven, although he is very good at doing intense. What do you think about Momoa as The Crow?

We will just have to wait and see. It can’t rain all the time!

In our podcast, After The Ending, Mike and I talked about the original version of The Crow and spoke to Rochelle Davis, who played Sarah in The Crow. We talked about what she thought happened to thee character after the ending and what it was like working with Brandon Lee. You can listen to that below.

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