- The Crow reboot is now officially being tested for audiences, indicating that it is closer to being released.
- The film is not a direct adaptation of the original 1994 film or the comic book, but a brand-new and ultra-violent story.
- The story revolves around Eric Draven and Shelley Webster escaping from a rehab facility and facing off against the villainous Mr. Roeg.
It’s been a hot minute since The Crow reboot was first announced. At one point, it appeared like the picture was doomed to never take flight as actor after actor and director after director departed the troubled production. Then, out of nowhere, news broke that It actor Bill Skarsgård had been chosen to play Eric Draven and Rupert Sanders would direct the film. Hooray, right?
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The cast and crew went in front of the cameras and principal photography took place in 2022, and… Everything went quiet again. Considering how Hollywood now has a habit of cancelling films that are already filmed – thanks to Warner Bros.’ chicanery – it’s only natural that fans thought The Crow reboot might have had its wings clipped. Well, news dropped this week that the film is now officially being tested for audiences, so that means it’s closer than ever to being released. Even though the people who watched the movie are expected to be tight-lipped about what they saw, it appears as if one brave soul has breached his NDA and spilled the tea on what fans can expect from the film.
What’s the story about?
Posting on The InSneider, scooper Jeff Sneider revealed his sources told him that The Crow reboot isn’t a cut-paste job of Alex Proyas’ 1994 film that starred Brandon Lee, nor is it a direct adaptation of the comic book by James O’Barr. Instead, it’s a brand-new and ultra-violent story where Eric Draven and Shelley Webster (FKA Twigs) escape from a rehab facility for substance abuse and head out on the town. In the film, Shelley holds some kind of relationship with the villainous and powerful Mr. Roeg (Danny Huston). After things go awry, Roeg sends his goons after her and Eric. According to Sneider, Eric is “subsequently caught between the land of the living and the realm of the dead. Given the chance to sacrifice his soul to save Shelley, Eric decides to come back to put the wrong things right.”
Reportedly, Roeg isn’t a regular bad guy either, since he has mystical powers that involve sacrificing other people’s souls to rejuvenate himself, so let’s consider him a modern-age Shang Tsung. In addition, there are several crows and not just a singular raven that circles around trying to find a scarecrow.
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What does Bill Skarsgård look like as Eric Draven?
The most surprising bit to come out of Jeff Sneider’s report is that Bill Skarsgård doesn’t don the makeup until the third act of the film. In terms of his actual physical appearance, Skarsgård’s Eric is reported to be covered in tattoos and sports a mullet. Hey, who knows – maybe the mullet is the source of his power in The Crow reboot.
What is clear from the report is that effort has gone into making this film different from the original Crow film and the other offshoots that came afterward. This appears to be a new story that isn’t borrowing from the past too much. That said, if it isn’t bothering to stay faithful to James O’Barr’s comic or Alex Proyas’ movie, why didn’t they just change the name of the main characters altogether? The Crow comics have largely done this to a successful degree, as they create new protagonists, antagonists, and situations while still focusing on the basic premise of someone coming back from the dead for revenge. The same could happen here. Nonetheless, Sneider reported his source said The Crow reboot is actually good (though not as good as the original), so it’s something to look out for in the near future whenever it gets an official release date.
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Tell us, are you excited for The Crow reboot?