We'd been hearing whispers about this for months, and today the news finally dropped that "28 Weeks Later" helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has taken the director's chair on "The Crow." Relativity Media is calling the project a "re-invention" of the 1994 film starring the late Brandon Lee, based on the comic by James O'Barr. The project has seen a revolving door of talent in the past six months, with a script by Nick Cave, Mark Wahlberg flirting with the idea of taking up the face paint, and "Blade" director Stephen Norrington jumping off the ship thanks to an unnamed actor's demands for rewrites.
But it looks like the Cave screenplay may be history? The press release says that Fresnadillo "will collaboratively develop the script once a writer is attached to adapt the screenplay," and makes no mention of Cave. Again, we'd love to read the Cave version if any little bird passes it along. Casting is also up in the air at this point, but Relativity hopes to start production in Fall 2011, so maybe we'll hear some "in talks" rumors coming up soon.
Fresnadillo's longtime producing partner Apaches Entertainment's Enrique López Lavigne is also on board to produce, with original 'Crow' producer Edward R. Pressman joining. Pressman said, "the original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience." So you're saying goth is back? Oh dear.
Looks like we'll have more info from the production coming soon as they gear up to start in about six months. Who should don the leather pants this time around?