The Crow reboot director F. Javier Gutiérrez and comic book creator James O'Barr spoke about the project earlier today at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego. Luke Evans is attached to star as Eric Draven, the rock star who comes back from the dead to get justice on those who killed him. When asked when production will begin, the director said they are aiming to start pre-production this fall.
"We start prepping in October. We're in soft prep now."
"Well, all of the details haven't been ironed out other than creative consultant. But what brought me around after 20 years was Javier. Before talking with him, I was 110% against it. There was no point or need for a reboot. In my mind, you could throw a $100 million at it, put Johnny Depp in it and had Ridley Scott direct and it wouldn't top what Alex Proyas and Brandon Lee did. I explained all of that the minute Javier arrived, 'Remaking the movie was a terrible idea and you'll never work in American again.'"
When asked what the director's pitch was that sold on the project, F. Javier Guttierez had this to say.
"I love the story and I told them I'd do it because I love the story, but it's not a remake of the original. It's a new interpretation. Of course, we have to fill some parts and new elements, but there was so much beauty and passion to the original. A lot in there we could do that was never done. That's the main thing that captured my attention. We can do something original. The darkness, the beauty, the violence and love. That's what got me excited. A lot of fans responded to the original movie, but this is going to be different. This is going to give them some good gifts. We're going to pull some stuff from the original comic that's going to be tough and we're going to do it in an original and artistic way."
"He's never really had a leading part. He's always been a supporting character. There's no baggage there. Much like Tom Hardy, he can become anything he wants to become. He's not Bruce Willis who comes with a package. It's the John Wayne curse. John Wayne is going to be John Wayne in whatever film he makes. I like the idea that Luke has done so many different types of roles."
"The character of Eric is so complex. He's going to be sensitive when the love story comes in and it's going to be dark when the violence comes in. You have to buy that cocktail of emotions and to find an actor that can balance that in his soul and eyes is tough. He has to have that range, we need an actor. Not somebody with a pretty face. I was very lucky to get Luke. We have a good actor that can put his soul into it."
We'll keep you posted with more updates on The Crow reboot as the Con continues.