The upcoming cinematic reboot of The Crow appears to be moving along nicely, and the cast for it continues to grow. FKA Twigs has now joined the planned re-imagining opposite lead Bill Skarsgard.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the British singer and dancer is looking to kickstart her acting career, and she’s now attached to co-star in the upcoming film as the girlfriend of Eric Draven. The reboot will see Skarsgard don the iconic makeup as avenging vigilante, Eric Draven aka The Crow, with Twigs costarring as Eric’s girlfriend in the new film.
While the role of Eric’s lover was a small one in the original film, THR’s report indicates that the part is being fleshed out for the reboot as the story’s co-lead. It’s not yet clear if Eric’s girlfriend will die in this version or perhaps return in some supernatural fashion herself. Meanwhile, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) will direct the upcoming reboot, which is written by Oscar-nominated writer, Zach Baylin (King Richard).
THE CROW REBOOT TAKES SHAPE
The question is if this iteration of the long-gestating reboot will finally get off the ground? Hollywood has attempted to put together a cinematic reboot for The Crow on numerous occasions, but they always failed to materialize. Over ten years ago, Bradley Cooper himself was attached to star in a big-screen reboot for a new film based on the James O’Barr indie comic.
Skarsgard, of course, is best known for his work as Pennywise the Clown in the smash-hit It films. So, the actor is familiar with portraying re-adaptations of existing IP. FKA Twigs has only a few acting credits, so this could serve as a major breakout role for her career. She previously appeared in the film Honey Boy. More recently, she released a new mixtape album, Caprisongs, earlier in 2022. She also had a song on the soundtrack for the film, The King’s Man, which was released last year.
O’Barr’s comic was first published in 1989. It followed the story of a man and his fiancee who are brutally by a gang of thugs. The man is resurrected by a supernatural crow to exact revenge on those who ended their lives. The property was first adapted into a live-action film in 1994, directed by Alex Proyas and starring the late Brandon Lee in the titular role.
The original film became a sleeper hit, grossing $94 million on a $23 million budget. It would spawn several sequels, none of which could recapture the success or magic of the original. There was also a short-lived, syndicated television series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, that lasted for one season from 1998 to 1999. The show starred Mark Dacascos as Eric Draven/The Crow.
THE CROW FRANCHISE SET TO RETURN TO THE BIG SCREEN
It’s plain to see why Hollywood is fixated on bringing The Crow back to the screen. The original film is unique; a successful, R-rated, dark, and grimy comic book movie. The 1994 film is iconic and memorable. To this day, there are few comic book films before it or since that come close to The Crow’s level. Not to mention the fact that Hollywood loves reboots and reimaginings of existing or established properties.
The new film is being produced by Victor Hadida, Molly Hassell, John Jencks, and Edward R. Pressman. Dan Farah is the executive producer for the reboot. Whether this current iteration of The Crow franchise will be able to get off the ground this time remains to be seen.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter