Crow Remake Is Brutal & Luke Evans-Free

The remake/reboot of “The Crow” franchise has been in the works for some time, but the film has gone through an awkward development phase and has seen a delay in production. Filmmaker F. Javier Gutierrez dropped out late last year, ultimately being replaced by Corin Hardy in December.

Frequent music video director Hardy is in Sundance right now to promote his feature film debut “The Hollow” and spoke to Fangoria about what he’s aiming for with this reboot:

“I…want to open the story up in such a way that the Crow is now part of a world where there are the Marvel movies and The Dark Knight movies. I intend it to be incredibly emotional and brutal, and all the things you’d want from a Crow film.

I want to make a movie that I would have wanted to see, as a huge fan of The Crow… I’m very much going back to the graphic novel, particularly looking into the illustrations themselves as much as the story, and picking out all those beautiful ideas and details that haven’t really been used yet.”

Attached star Luke Evans has indicated on several occasions he may have to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts caused by the delayed production. Today he made it official, The Wrap reporting that the actor has officially left the project and Hardy is currently looking for a replacement.

The news comes just hours after the actor revealed to HitFix that he’s already booked for several films in 2015 and so won’t have the time to do “The Crow” any more:

“Right now I’m not sure where it is, I don’t know what’s happening with it. I think it’s a question probably to ask [distributor] Relativity…they’re the ones who are really holding the strings to this story and this character. But yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna be something I’m gonna be doing for a while. I’ve got about four or five different projects which I’m lining up for this year, which will take up the majority of my twelve months. So not in the near future, unfortunately.”

“The Crow” kicking off on its most recently targeted start of production date in April seems unlikely at this point, whether it will be pushed back into 2016? We’ll see.