While a lot of films have been getting remade in recent years, Alex Proyas is arguing that the upcoming reboot of his ’90s cult classic The Crow shouldn’t happen, citing the memory of Brandon Lee as a reason.
“The Crow will not be a movie worth ‘remaking’ if it was not for Brandon Lee,” Proyas told Cinema Blend. “If it wasn’t for Brandon you might never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice – and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of ‘rebooting’ this story, and the original character – a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost – seems wrong to me. Please let this remain Brandon’s film.”
Brandon Lee, the son of famed martial artist Bruce Lee and Linda Emery, died on the set of The Crow in 1993 as the result of an accidental shooting with a prop gun. Production on the movie was finished using Lee’s stunt double and CGI.
Based on James O’Barr’s cult comic, The Crow centers on Eric Draven, who is resurrected by a supernatural crow. He wants to avenge his murder and that of his girlfriend. In 2016, Proyas called a reboot/remake of the movie “unnecessary.”
Directed by Corin Hardy, the release date for The Crow Reborn is unknown. Jason Momoa will star as Eric Draven/The Crow.