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The Crow Creator James O’Barr Backs Reboot, Can He Save The Franchise?

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crow logo The Crow Creator James OBarr Backs Reboot, Can He Save The Franchise?

James O’Barr, the creator of the cult hero The Crow, has signed on as a “creative consultant” for the upcoming Crow reboot set to start shooting in 2014.  The original film, released in 1994, is a beloved classic with many loyal followers.   Many Crow fans are upset about rumored changes in the upcoming reboot, starring Luke Evans, directed by F. Javier Guttireiez, and written by Cliff DorfmanBut can O’Barr come in and save the day?

A draft of the screenplay was leaked a few months ago, featuring major changes in the character.  In the draft, The Crow is an invisible ghost who wears face paint in order to see himself.  Him and his murdered girlfriend were both orphans who met in an orphanage when they were kids.  He is no longer a rock star in this version, instead he is a cop who quotes the bible non-stop.  Holy crap, I’m surprised fans didn’t riot.

crow movie The Crow Creator James OBarr Backs Reboot, Can He Save The Franchise?

“It is important for Crow fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself,” O’Barr said in a statement “I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”

No one is sure what the role of “creative consultant” entails.  Will O’Barr have any input at all or was he just brought in to get fans to shut up about the changes?

O’Barr and director F. Javier Gutiérrez are set to appear on stage at San Diego Comic-Con to promote the flick.

Are you guys excited or do you think The Crow remake is going to butcher the franchise?


Jay Deitcher, LMSW(@mrdeitcher) is an educator on comic history and runs successful Free Comic Book Day events yearly.  You can see a listing of his incredible articles at

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  • AL

    WTF !!!! That is just dumb ! and no other version will ever be as good as the Brandon Lee one.

  • Witchdoktor

    Im not crazy about remakes but they’ve been remaking classic movies since the dawn of movies. There’s not much movie fans can do about it, so we have no say. If they want it to happen, it will happen.

    The best remakes can stand on their own rather than just copy the classics verbatim. Hollywood needs to stop being so greedy and lazy and let all these starving writers get their original ideas out instead of trying to remake every 70/80s classic and making sequel after sequel.

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