Director Corin Hardy has released descriptions of characters within the reboot of Alex Proyas’ 1994 revenge film The Crow.
The characters have either been assigned different names but fill similar roles, play different roles but have the same name, or their names are the same but they have more in-depth character descriptions.
One example of this is Shelly, who mainly just served as a catalyst for Eric’s revenge. The character description of Shelly for The Crow remake is described as:
28 – 35, Eric’s one true love. A dancer with effortless talent.. Her undeniable beauty is matched only by her passion to teach dance to the inner city girls at her home studio. Shelly hopes to create peace in the community through teaching children, until she is brutally murdered by T-Bird and Top Dollar’s gang, setting off a violent chain of events as Eric seeks to avenge her death..
While it’s alluded that Shelly had reached out to Sarah in the original The Crow, she was not directly shown as a peacekeeper in the community.
Additional changes include a gender-swap for the characters of Detective Albrecht and Top Dollar.
40s – 50s, female. A world-weary soul in a rumpled suit. Haunted by the unsolved murders of Eric and Shelly. Dealing with marital issues and fighting against an ever-increasing wave of crime and corruption in the city. The heart of a warrior, Albrecht is determined to prevail against all odds…
20s – 30s, a lean, reptilian woman who came of age amidst lust and cruelty and has survived by embracing both. She possesses an almost psychic instinct for seeking out a lie, her withering gaze something of a Medusa… T-Bird’s girl and co-manager of Hotel Reno, where she has been using her charm to draw in susceptible girls…
Top Dollar’s goons also receive some in-depth character descriptions. While we don’t see a listing for “Skank”, it’s safe to assume the character’s name was simply changed to “Ratso” considering the partnership/rivalry with T-Bird.
30, strong and wiry with the cold eyes of a wolf and an endless hunger where his heart should be. Lacking in conscience, covered in prison ink. Has taken over the old Hotel Reno on the outskirts of town where he rolls with Top Dollar and his notorious gang. Tonight he becomes a made man, but deep down he knows he wants it all…
20s, bad face, bad skin, bad teeth. A loser of life’s lottery and he knows it. Wannabe T-Bird. Nurses a hatred of all things beautiful and proud, TinTin is a special treasure to him, a big man he can look down on. Rolls with T-Bird’s gang and runs his numbers, but dreams of being #1…
20s – 30s, his bloodstream a seething cocktail of illegal pharmacology. His eyes fixed in the stare of a man seeing visions. Fun Boy runs T-Bird’s drug kitchens at the Hotel Reno. He wears a long leather trench coat sporting a happy-skull-face…
30s, a hulking monster of a man, with unstoppable fists. T-Bird’s indefeatable champion in the ring. Mean and tough. Accustomed to being shunned, grateful for the society of savages who have taken him in (T-Bird, Top Dollar, Ratso, Fun Boy, Gideon)…
Jason Momoa (also the star of James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman) will be taking on the role of Eric Draven.
Principal photography for The Crow will start in Budapest, Hungary in July 2018 with an official release date of October 11, 2019.
On the subject of classics receiving a fresh take, you should check out our article on Beetlejuice receiving a Broadway adaptation!