After it was looking ready to be scrapped, the proposed remake of cult classic, The Crow is officially back on.
With legal issues between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company apparently squashed with their respective lawsuits now dropped, the film has been put on a fast track with the acquisition of scriptwriter, Jesse Wigutow and Spanish director, F. Javier Gutiérrez .
The two are far from known commodities, especially considering that the film was previously looking at Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later, who at least had a wide release in the States attached to his name.
What will become of this groundbreaking gothic epic?
With a new script in the works and Fresnadillo no longer at the helm, it could very well be that the version of this project which had Bradley Cooper rumored to play the undead title role is off the table. However, that may not mollify apprehensive fans who have been vehemently opposed to this remake since it was announced.
What's immediately apparent, is that this film will serve as a learning experience for the impromptu creative team.
Jesse Wigutow's notable work include a 2006 TV movies, The Prince and 2003 comedy, It Runs in the Family. -- Hardly a body of work indicative of scripting an adaptation of a dark comic book where a murdered rocker is brought back from the dead to wreak dark, violent vengeance. However, along with The Crow, the writer has a few projects on tap, the first for him in six years.
Director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, however, has an even thinner resume, with only a handful of films released in his native Spain. However, 2008 meteor disaster drama, Before the Fall gained him some acclaim on the European awards circuit.
Gutiérrez's selection could be indicative of a trend that we're starting to see with "risky" remake/reboots as studios are purposefully looking outside Hollywood for creative talent on these projects. This is also notably reflected in the selection of Brazilian filmmaker, José Padilha to helm the upcoming remake of Robocop.
So, fans, it appears that The Crow remake is heading our way. -- Whether some of us like it or not.