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The Crow Reboot Lands Director

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 7, 2011 at 11:58AM

Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.
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Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.

Fresnadillo plans a re-invention of The Crow which was based on the James O'Barr comic book series and strip featuring Eric Draven, who is resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter.

Relativity and Pressman team with Spain-based Apaches Entertainment's Enrique López Lavigne, who also co-wrote and produced with Fresnadillo 28 Weeks Later, the post-apocalyptic horror sequel to 28 Days Later. Fresnadillo also directed the Spanish-language film Intacto and is currently in post-production on Apaches' Intruders starring Clive Owen.

The film is being produced by Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Apaches’ Levigne and Belén Atienza. Fresnadillo will develop the script once a writer is attached. No casting has been announced. Mark Wahlberg flirted with the lead role at one time.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.