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The Crow Remake Casting Bradley Cooper? Wha?

Posted April 13, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

The Crow Remake Casting Bradley Cooper? Wha?

The long-in-the-making remake of The Crow could soon have its potential star in Bradley Cooper. Yes, the same Bradley Cooper who's known from The Hangover, its upcoming sequel, and a vast array of bad romcoms.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Relativity Media is moving forward quickly with the project, as recently-appointed director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intact) will tackle seminal film property that spawned far too many bad Halloween costumes. 

The specter of the legendary (and tragically prophetic) performance by Brandon Lee as the murdered rocker who is brought back to life to exact vengeance on his killers will undoubtedly haunt the analysis of everyone watching this new film.

What will Bradley Cooper bring to the table?

With the film set to shoot in the Fall, the process for this remake has been expedited to the extreme, so casting meetings and various tidbits are bound to erupt. Yet, THR reports that Cooper recently met up with director, Fresnadillo in Spain and that both men seemed to share a pretty clear vision for the film and character.

Cooper has become hot property as of late, and thanks to the recent box-office success of Limitless, the actor was able to make a case to the moviegoing public that he can be taken seriously as an actor. However, a movie about an average schmuck who becomes a pimp at life after he takes a version of ginkgo biloba on crack pales in seriousness to tackling the dark, gothic-inspired mythos created by the black and white comic book of James O'Barr.

I'm not sure what to think of this. But, it is sometimes the case that the most head-scratching of casting decisions result in amazing performances. (Michael Keaton as Batman still remains the most absurd casting decision to turn out well.) For all we know, this could be the breakthrough for Cooper which leaves us seeing him in a completely different way. (On the other hand, it could become another Bradley Cooper comedy, albeit unintentionally.)

Any thoughts on this possible casting?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  • stormson

    some thoughts.

    the crow makeup was in remembrance of shelly and her love of clown masks. it isnt part of being "the crow" as all the sequels and tv show would have you believe.

    a remake would be fine, if they stuck closer to the source. then it could be a new crow story.

    nothing will top lee's crow. only drastic changes will seperate the original from the remake.

    cooper just isnt right. franco or levitt would be better choices.

    in the end, it all comes down to how well the writer interpretes the source and the original movie. a scene for panel (like sin city or 300) remake of the source would be nifty. however, the star should be lithe physically, and able to portray a sense of loss so great that only coming back from the dead for vengence can settle his soul enough to be with his love.

    after all, the crow by nature is a romance. written after o'barr's fiance was killed, it was his way of coping. a dark fantasy. it has to do with loss so great that the soul cant rest till vengence is made. it is sorrow and despair so vast as to equal the love that draven felt for shelly. it is so completely emo as to be sickening, yet the violence makes up for it. it is the ultimate mirror of emotions, because you can only love as much as you can hate, and vice-versa. it will take a skilled actor to bring that across like lee, or the source, did.

    Posted: May 1, 2011 1:14 AM
  • MasterOfWeed

    I liked him in Limitless I'm not sure if hes right for the crow.

    Posted: April 19, 2011 8:34 PM
  • jatarrasinn

    did it say anywhere that this movie would be a remake , you know how many Crow books that are out there , write draw and illustrate one. Bradley can pull it off , he's a great actor. Just like the article's writer said Michael Keaton as Batman could've been a big miss but he pulled it off have faith people there's not even a trailer yet.

    Posted: April 16, 2011 7:28 PM
  • thirdhand

    uhhhh yea Bradley copper is a bad ass and everything but thats a horrable idea. Maybe if he lost 50% of his muscle......nope still bad.

    Posted: April 15, 2011 9:32 AM
  • Aerindel_Prime

    28 weeks later was such a horrible movie, it was so bad that it retro actively tainted 28 days later, which was awesome. Anyone who can screw up source material like that should have nothing to do with remaking the crow, which doesn't need a remake in any case.

    Posted: April 15, 2011 12:29 AM
  • savagehulk23

    hollywood has run out of ideals there turning classics in crap with these remakes be creative and if u are going to do a remake use a real martial arts like the first movie why in the world would u use b cooper thats like remaking preadtor with adrian brody oh wait

    Posted: April 14, 2011 6:12 PM
  • macross2012

    The only person who could pull off a crow remake would be the same person who played the crow in the CROW Stairway to heaven TV show.. That person is Mark Damascus.. He was amazing.. This guy will not cut it.. WOW a rename already.. Move isnt that old

    Posted: April 14, 2011 1:18 PM
  • wolff76

    I'm not a film maker or even a very serious film critic, however, I always thought the driving force behind a re-make was to utilize new technology to bring an idea to life that was previously un-available for the film on the first go round. Or at the least because there was an outcry from fans that the original lacked important story elements from the source material and the director wanted to revitalize a sub-par story.
    The idea to re-make The Crow seems like it is simply a cash grab opportunity for the studio and some soulless executive has read that Bradley Cooper is "hot" right now and will fill that many more seats.
    The original Crow was as close to perfect as most movies come. It stayed very close to James O'barr's story. It had heart and soul. It seemed to have the perfect lead, cast and soundtrack. And while it was an outstanding movie in it's own right, you can't deny the impact that Brandon Lee's death had on the feel and lasting aura of The Crow.
    I think I'll do the most effective thing a person can do when faced with a travesty like this, vote with my dollars. That is ultimately the only language that movie studios can understand.

    Posted: April 14, 2011 12:37 PM
  • IrishDragon79

    Yet another example of that Hollywood is out of ideas when they start remaking films from the 90s. Not even sure why they are doing another Crow film, b/c all those sequels were F'n fantastic. C2: city of angels was a let down. The other 2 movies were straight to dvd affairs.

    C3: salvation had kristen dunst and that was about it. The Crow 4: wicked prayer for some odd reason had a better than usual cast, David Boreanz, (angel) Tara Reid (meh), and Eddie Furlong (T2).....and someone else I'm forgetting.... Oh yeah, Dennis Hopper, for some reason is also in this Cluster Fail. If they had stuck to the book it was based on it would have been ok, but they didn't. I can't believe Dennis Hopper needed the money that he ad to be a part of this one.

    What I don't understand is why there is a need to Remake/Reboot/Reimagine/Really out of any good ideas. Instead of redoing the original, how about just making one that dosn't suck.

    Posted: April 14, 2011 9:55 AM
  • Wirehedd

    This is just so wrong on so many levels.

    Brad Cooper is hilarious as Face and did a great job in Limitless but he just does NOT Have the "presence" to carry the roll Brandon Lee made immortal.

    Sorry, no, go to the back of the line. Take 2!

    Posted: April 13, 2011 6:48 PM
  • Urblugrl

    I absolutely hate this. Who gets to decide on which films get remade? I think they should start taking a public poll on this s#@t. I love the original "The Crow" and will be too busy anyalyzing the movie frame by frame to care about how wonderful anyone's performance might be. The soundtrack was phenomenal and they can't use the same songs. What were they thinking?! I think this will end B. Cooper's career no matter what.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 6:12 PM
  • reverendpeachs

    reverendpeachs's comment is abusive and has been removed.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 3:00 PM
  • reverendpeachs

    Seeing this makes me hope the same accident that happened to the late Mr. Lee happens again. Only before enough footage is shot to make more then a teaser trailer.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 2:59 PM
  • twistedprodigy

    yeah this is a bad idea, Brandon Lee owns that character.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 2:15 PM
  • lackey1

    There are so many movies that you just can't remake. This is one of them.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 1:56 PM
  • TheTBallew

    i love B Cooper as an actor but Brandon Lee is a legend, if Cooper doesnt deliver, i will be frustrated and upset, especially seeing as how The Crow was an iconic film and remains one of my favorites to this day.

    Posted: April 13, 2011 1:16 PM
  • Mitro485

    Worst idea EVER!!!!!!! I'm pissed about a remake anyway but if your going to remake a movie at least do it right and Bradley Cooper is WRONG!

    Posted: April 13, 2011 1:15 PM