Is James McAvoy Circling The Crow Remake?
Alex Proyas’ adaptation of The Crow, based on the graphic novel of the same name by James O’Barr, is an underrated and atmospheric action gem from the mid-90s that is probably best remembered for the on-set accident that led to the death of its lead, a young Brandon Lee. The tragic incident obviously overshadowed the actual film, adding an extra layer of eerie to the already dark picture that was perhaps just a little too tough for the thin-skinned to take, however, that hasn’t stopped constant chatter regarding a reboot.
For a few years now, The Crow has been in various stages of development – including versions that would have potentially put Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum or Bradley Cooper in the make-up – but now the project may have finally found its new Eric Draven in James McAvoy. I stress the ‘may’ because reports suggest that the actor probably best known for his recent portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class is merely ‘circling’ The Crow at the moment and no official announcement has been made. And I thought the crows did the circling? Or is that vultures?
Enough bird talk. McAvoy is more than talented enough to pull off the role of Draven, a murdered punk rock musician back from the dead to take his revenge, having displayed great versatility with roles as diverse as the reluctant action hero in Wanted to the wounded in many ways soldier in Atonement. The news would be especially exciting if director F. Javier Gutierrez was still working from the script by Nick Cave (The Proposition) but sadly that’s not the case. No offence to Jesse Wigutow, it’s just his credits don’t inspire the same kind of confidence. We’ll see if this one quotes Milton, “abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is…”
Source: Bloody Disgusting