“The Crow” creator James O’Barr has given an in-depth interview with Korsgaards Commentary where the topic of the upcoming cinematic reboot of the property came up. O’Barr is a consultant on the project which is aiming to be more loyal to the comics than other recent screen interpretations:
“[W]e’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.
If you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film.
Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven… [N]o one understands that fear more than me. Brandon Lee was a friend and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy.”
O’Barr has seen Evans’ look for the film and likes it, and says the studio understands they can’t mess this up:
“I think the studio understands that if they want a ‘Crow’ ‘franchise’, they have to get it right. We’re hoping to begin production later this month, and start shooting in the spring.”
O’Barr also says he has control over the film’s soundtrack which will include some Joy Division and Cure songs, along with current neo-goth bands. F. Javier Gutierrez is helming the project.