Written by John Squires
Based on James O’Barr’s comic book series, The Crow was released in 1994, and Alex Proyas was the director who brought Eric Draven to the big screen for the very first time. The vengeful character was of course played by the late Brandon Lee, whose life was infamously claimed by an on-set accident just eight days before filming was to wrap.
In a heartfelt note penned on Facebook today, Proyas condemned the upcoming Crow remake, believing it to be disrespectful to Lee’s memory and legacy.
“There was only one Brandon Lee,” Proyas began the post. “Every time they try to remake The Crow I am saddened they have so little respect for Brandon and his legacy. Can’t they for once leave something alone? We finished the movie to honour his memory. Because his family wanted it to be finished. It is and will always and forever be his movie. Not my movie, not anyone’s… Brandon’s. That is as it should be.”
As we reported earlier in the week, Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is attached to direct The Crow remake, and it seems the plan is for Jason Momoa to star. At this time, we have no idea if Momoa will be playing Eric Draven or perhaps an original character that exists in the same universe, the latter being the route that all three sequels to the original film took: City of Angels in 1996, Salvation in 2000, and Wicked Prayer in 2005.
Short-lived Canadian TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, on the other hand, saw Mark Dacascos take over the role of Eric Draven.
Do you agree with Proyas? Should The Crow be left alone, to honor Brandon Lee’s legacy?