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The unfortunate setback of The Crow

By: Justin Hopkins

Weeks away from escaping pre-production, after years of toiling and rumors. A release date of October 11, 2019, and just like that, the remake of the 1994 classic The Crow have lost their lead actor Jason Mamoa and director. Effectively, pushing it all the way back to the start, and as unpopular as this opinion is; it’s depressing to hear.

James O’Barr created something really special in 1989 with characters brought back from the dead in seek of justice. There are so many stories and scenarios to tell, from Iris Shaw or Mark Leung or many many others. All of which bring a different theme and uniqueness to the table. Have to look at the singular fact that Eric Draven though, which is understandable. His being the name associated with the franchise. Albeit he also causes the biggest debate amongst the fan base.

I take nothing away from how amazing Brandon Lee did. His performance was excellent and story has stood the test of time, but that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t do an equally good job or even a better one. Bill Skarsgard outshined Tim Curry in It. Heath Ledger was more memorable then Jack Nicholson’s Joker. At the same time though we still recognize and love what Tim and Jack gave us. Just because someone else plays the role, doesn’t take away from Brandon Lee’s performance but gives us a new take on the character Eric Draven.

Whatever may come from this setback. I do hope it’s not long before they can get traction and get The Crow back up and running again. There are so many different stories to tell and directions to take. The right people who care about the characters and their back stories. Can really put together a great movie.

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