James McAvoy Eyes “The Crow” Remake

James McAvoy looks for more comics-based success with "The Crow."

You know how some projects are announced, there’s some buzz, maybe a casting rumor or two, and then nothing for a year or more? Well, this is one from that part of the Hollywood file cabinet. Today we’re talking about the long-discussed remake of “The Crow.” Last year we heard that F. Javier Gutierrez had been signed to direct the movie, but since then? Crickets. Now, though, we have a rumor and however slim that rumor may be, we’ll take it. Bloody-Disgusting reports that insiders are telling them that James McAvoy is considering taking the leading role.

That leading role would be Eric Draven, who is murdered but returns as the avenging Crow in order to seek out his wife’s killer’s. The film is based on the comics series by James O’Barr. The 1994 version was directed by Alex Proyas and starred Brandon Lee, who died in an on-set accident during the filming. Nevertheless, the film has long been admired for its striking visual style.

As noted above, the remake has been percolating for a while. At one point Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was attached to direct, and at various times Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg were supposed to star. Can McAvoy and Gutierrez get it done? Should they? There’s a lot to live up to with this one.

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