The reboot of “The Crow” franchise has gone through a number of actors and filmmakers over the years with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, and Luke Evans attached to the lead role at different points.
Davis Films, Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow will finance, produce, and distribute the new R-rated adaptation of James O’Barr’s graphic novel. F. Javier Guiterrez, who was attached to direct at one point, is executive producing and says the project will come in at $40 million. He offered an update on its status to Forbes this week:
“With The Crow, I haven’t talked to them in a while so I don’t know what is going on with that, but we are going to do an R-rated movie. I come from Europe, I’m very dark so I’m going to go for it. If any movie has to be R-rated then it’s The Crow.
That’s how I got James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow, involved in the project because he said that if R-rated is the way that I wanted to go, he’s in. Even though I’m not directing it now, when I was going to be doing that I explained to the producers that they had to read and understand the comic book and not make the film a PG-13 version because it would make no sense.
Some movies are for young people, I get it and maybe you can do it, but this movie is not necessarily for those young people and toning it down would give you a ghost of what The Crow should be.”
At present, “Justice League” actor Jason Momoa and “The Hallow” filmmaker Corin Hardy are the ones onboard the film but both are occupied for the rest of the year with other projects – the former shooting “Aquaman” and the latter shooting “The Conjuring 2” spin-off “The Nun.”