After laying in production hell for quite a while, the reboot of The Crow franchise is finally on track. As it stands, F. Javier Gutiérrez will direct, with Luke Evans as Eric Draven.

James O’Barr was recently in an interview and had this to say about the director

“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters. He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”

This means a lot of things that helped make the original Crow film from 1994 so great, things the director created, or altered from the original material; Devils’s Night, Top Dollar, and Sarah will no longer be. Honestly, I think it’s a mistake. The original Crow comics are pretty good, but the film trumps the source material. I find the original work to be a bit more mean spirited & excessively brutal than necessary, really. Of course, the story itself has to have these elements, but if you read the graphic novel, you’ll see.

I love the original film. It’s one of my all time favorites. The sequel, City of Angels had some high-points, but in the end it was honestly just a remake. The 3rd in the series, The Crow: Salvation, is one hell of an underrated movie that any fan of The Crow needs to see, and not be discouraged by the quality of City of Angels.

However, the same can not be said for Wicked Prayer. Man ALIVE is that one God-awful film. Easily one of the worst I’ve ever seen, made all the more worse by the fact I paid $20 for it sigh unseen because I had such faith. Damn you Furlong. Damn you.