‘The Crow’ Original Director Calls Out Bill Skarsgård-Led Remake

Is The Crow remake dead in the water?

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The Crow can’t catch a break! Alex Proyas, director of the 1994 original, has taken to social media to speak out against the upcoming remake.

Fans were cautiously excited when it was announced that The Crow was getting a remake at Lionsgate. The original film is a cult classic, taking a much grittier look at the world of supernatural heroes and vigilantes.

The Crow also holds a special place in the hearts of fans as it was the last performance of Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee, the actor having died on set due to a wound inflicted by a prop gun. This left big shoes for Bill Skarsgård to fill in taking up the role of Eric Draven in the remake.

Last week the first trailer for the film released. Suffice to say, the internet was far from pleased. The Crow remake was immediately lampooned across social media. People compared Bill Skarsgård’s take on Eric Draven to Jared Leto’s Joker, and many claimed Lionsgate completely missed the aesthetic of the original film.

‘The Crow’ Director Warns Of Bad Times For The Remake

Even the original director of The Crow Alex Proyas isn’t happy with the direction of the remake. In a now deleted social media post, Proyas supported the fan backlash for the trailer. He also spoke specifically on Brandon Lee’s legacy, saying the film should have remained untouched.

“I really don’t get any joy from seeing negativity about any fellow filmmaker’s work,” Proyas wrote on Facebook. “And I’m certain the cast and crew really had all good intentions, as we all do on any film. So it pains me to say any more on this topic, but I think the fan’s response speaks volumes.”

“THE CROW is not just a movie. Brandon Lee died making it, and it was finished as a testament to his lost brilliance and tragic loss. It is his legacy. That’s how it should remain. The sheer amount of dislikes on The Crow remake’s trailer might be a bad sign for how the movie will perform.”

Legacy is always an important question when it comes to films, especially in the realm of remakes. So many actors, directors, and crew members put their life into a project. For some like Brandon Lee, sometimes that toll is taken literally. It’s important to respect their role in a project even long after their gone, such as in the case of The Crow.

Luckily, this remake doesn’t erase the beauty of what Alex Proyas, Brandon Lee, and the rest of their team made with The Crow back in the 90s. It’s unclear if this new film will entirely flop as the internet suspects, or if Bill Skarsgård’s starpower will be enough to carry it to being profitable. Though with only a few months left to go until its release, fans can only hope the marketing gets better than the most recent trailer.

The Crow is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 7, 2024. Stay tuned for more updates!

Source: ComicBookMovie.com

Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

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