The story goes something like this: Once upon a time, Relativity Media decided to remake The Crow. They really wanted Luke Evans to play the lead, but between playing Dracula and Bard the Bowman he’s a really busy dude. They (allegedly) considered some other actors, among them Alexander Skarsgård, James McAvoy, and Tom Hiddleston.
But they then decided, no, we’ll just wait for Evans’ schedule to clear up. And they all lived happily ever after
if the movie’s good.
There’s been no official confirmation from Relativity Media or director F. Javier Gutiérrez, but Deadline is reporting it like it’s a sure thing (no “in talks to play” or “in final stages of negotiation”), so make of that what you will. I’m going to wait to hear some sort of sound bite quote about how great Evans is from someone at Relativity before I buy the news completely, but I’ve gotta say it’s looking like a pretty sure thing.
The version of Dracula Evans is starring in is currently in pre-production, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again are in post, but Evans is going to have a lot of promotional responsibilities once their release dates approach. As such, the start date for The Crow is reportedly being pushed to early next year, so all you remake-haters (or haters of just this remake) will have some time to stew in your juices.
What do you think of this whole thing? I must admit to not being too invested m’self, as The Crow‘s never really be on my radar, and my general view of remakes is that I don’t really care that they’re not based on an original story as long as they’re good. (Remakes and reboots go back forever, to before there were movies even, and there are so few “original” stories now—whatever that means—that I’d rather just get as many good movies as I possibly can.) That said, I realize that The Crow‘s a big-deal cult movie that a lot of people have a strong emotional connection to. So. How does the Evans news strike you?