‘The Crow’ Reboot Has A New Director & Screenwriter

On Monday we learned that the presumed dead reboot Crow film found new life and is moving back into production … and today we learn that a director and screenwriter have been found to helm the film. Just days after it was reported that The Crow reboot is back in production, we now learn that F. Javier Gutiérrez has been hired to direct and Jesse Wigutow has been hired to write the script. At this early stage, we don’t know yet who will be cast to play Eric Draven/The Crow but I hope to GAWD they do not ask Bradley Cooper to take the role again. PLEASE, find an unknown who has a chance at doing the character justice. UGH, I’m digressing. Click below to read the press release announcement revealing the director and screenwriter of The Crow reboot.

Relativity Media’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley, Edward R. Pressman, producer behind the cult-classic The Crow franchise, and The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films, announced they have closed a deal with F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before The Fall) to direct a reinvention of The Crow, the 1994 smash hit film based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr. Writer Jesse Wigutow has signed on to pen the script. Gutiérrez’s directorial debut, the Spanish-language apocalyptic thriller Before the Fall (Tres Dias), became an international and award-winning sensation after premiering at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2008. In Spain, the film won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2008 Malaga Film Festival, the Miradas Award (TVE) for Best Motion Picture of the Year, and garnered nominations from the Spain Critics Awards. In Europe, the film was a finalist for the 2008 European Film Awards and won main prizes in such science-fiction and fantasy film festivals as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, the Trieste Film Fesitval, and later in the U.S., picked up four awards at Los Angeles’ famed Horror Festival “Scream Fest” in 2009 (for editing, Gutiérrez’s directing, cinematography, and actor Victor Clavijo). The film also ranked #3 on the “International Watch List 2008”. Gutiérrez is currently developing Dimension Films’ sci-fi thriller The Greys. Wigutow most recently did a re-write for Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend for Summit, and adapted the book “Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel” for Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Films. He is also developing Age Inappropriate at Universal and Irreparable Harm at HBO. Previously, he has worked on films including: Tron: Legacy, 8 Mile, Eragon, and The Ruins. The Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest. The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. The project is currently in development; start of production, targeted release dates and casting to be announced. The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity’s Tooley (Immortals), The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Farah Films’ Dan Farah (Armored) will serve as executive producers.

Blah. I want to believe that this reboot has a chance to turn out well but … I’m just not convinced. Both the director and screenwriter sound a little green … but, then again, that might be an advantage. I’m going to reserve judgment until we find out who gets cast as The Crow. We will have a better idea of how the movie may turn out once we learn who will be donning the black leather outfit and the ghostly white make-up. Please … someone, anyone, powers that be … hear my plea … if there MUST be a reboot of The Crow, let the movie studio get it right … or even kinda right. PLEASE. Amen.

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