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The Crow remake is an 'ANTI-MARVEL' movie
Photo: © ANP

The Crow remake is an 'ANTI-MARVEL' movie

The Crow remake is an 'ANTI-MARVEL' movie
Photo: © ANP

One of the most anticipated remakes coming in 2024 is that of 1994's The Crow.

Directed by Alex Proyas and starring Brandon Lee, the original told the story of a young musician who is resurrected to take revenge on the gang who murdered him and his fiance.

The production of the original was overshadowed by the tragic death of Lee, who was fatally wounded by a prop gun during filming. The actor had finished most of his scenes before his death, and so the movie was completely using script rewrites, digital effects and stunt doubles.

It spawned a franchise that included the movies The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation and The Crow: Wicked Prayer as well as the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.

In 2022, an announcement confirmed that the series would receive a reboot, with Bill Skarsgard eventually winning the role of Draven.

The Crow has elements of the superhero genre, but producer Sam Pressman, whose father produced the original, has described it as anti-Marvel.

“The Crow has been a very central and integral part of our company and I’m really proud of the progress and the work that has been done,” he told Deadline.

The Crow
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The Crow (1994)

Eric and Shelly will be getting married on Halloween. The night before, Devil's Night, they are attacked by a gang in their home. Eric is shot and thrown out the window; Shelly is raped and later dies in hospital. A year later Eric reincarnates with spiritual guidance from a crow. He now possesses special powers. He is supposed to correct mistakes of the past: he must search for the members of the gang, kill them one by one, before finally finding eternal peace...

Directed by: Alex Proyas
Stars: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis and Ernie Hudson

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“I think the movie is just going to blow people away. Our partners want to approach it in a very 360 way, whether it be video games, an animated series or a universe, but it’s got this cosmic legacy that can expand beyond a singular story.

“We’re finally at a point where we can really explore those other avenues because it’s such a unique property in that it is not a studio film, it’s not a Marvel film – it’s kind of an anti-Marvel film. I have the highest hopes for that and I really love what Molly Hassell has done in pushing it up the hill and Rupert Sanders is such a visionary.”

The Crow stars Skarsgard alongside FKA Twigs, Isabella Wei, Danny Huston, Laura Birn, Sami Bouajila and Jordan Bolger.

The remake has gone through development hell for years, and at various stages, a number of actors including Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, Jason Momoa and Jack Huston were all considered for the role of Draven.

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