The Crow is entering Remake Country, and the man at the wheel is none other than The Other Guys and Max Payne star Mark Wahlberg.
Mark’s been in many a film lately, and the talented man seems to be on the rise. His most recent release, buddy-cop comedy The Other Guys was a success, receiving good reviews across the board.
This time, however, he’s doing something far more serious than the manic Will Ferrell stuff. The Crow was a 1994 adaptation of the comic book by James O’Barr. A brilliant film merging the themes of the superhero and the dark side of human nature, it was a major critical success.
The sad part of the story comes in the form of leading actor Brandon Lee. While on set shooting the film, a prop assistant failed to check a gun properly (the firearms expert having been sent home early), and instead of a blank, a live round was fired that hit Lee and fatally wounded him. His death meant an increase in the film’s budget from $7million to $15million, to fund the computer technology used to finish Lee’s scenes.
Mark Wahlberg’s got a hefty job on his shoulders. Tragic deaths surrounding films do, unfortunately, tend to drive up attention to the film, and a remake of such an infamous piece is sure to send a lot of criticism their way, especially if it doesn’t match up. The Dark Knight was a fitting cinematic epitaph to Heath Ledger’s career, and the same goes for Brandon Lee – a light snuffed out before it could truly flare into historic brilliance.
To properly honour the original, the new film should be a by-the-book remake of the first. But only 16 years down the line, are Hollywood really so desperate for comic book movie material that they’re re-hashing this tale already? More news as it comes, but hopefully we’ll see a reboot that does justice to to the dark history surrounding the original.