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It's hard not to point out the appropriateness of the fact that 'The Crow' remake has now itself seemingly returned from the dead. Shortly after a lawsuit was filed by The Weinstein Company against Relativity Media's remake, claiming they still had all distribution rights on the reboot since it was their Miramax that distributed the original, the two parties settled and the new film was back in motion. Now, wanting to move quickly on the new 'Crow,' Relativity Media is closing a deal to hire Jesse Wigutow ('It Runs in the Family') to write the script. Wigutow also just finished the script for a biopic on actor Steve McQueen based on the biography 'Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel.' Additionally, Relativity has just nabbed F. Javier Gutierrez ('Before the Fall') to direct.
I wouldn't say I lack for confidence in these two, but it's hard to ignore how little experience they have between the two of them. This relative inexperience is doubly troubling considering the affections held by many of us for the 1994 original film starring the late Brandon Lee. I'd actually be ok with Relativity hiring relative unknowns if project wasn't suddenly being rushed through at breakneck speed, seemingly to make sure things are off and running before another potential setback crops up. It is possible, however, that this writer and this director were being carefully considered prior to the lawsuit and were therefore not hired at the last minute just to have someone on the books filling those roles. What really interests me, if the deal is finalized to hire Wigutow, is how his script will reinvent this character and reintroduce him to a younger generation. Also, how closely is he planning to stick to the comic book source material? Another question to ponder here is, now that we have a director and (ostensibly) a writer, who will star in the film? That, of course, remains to be seen.
What do you guys think? Are you excited or miffed that 'The Crow' remake is back up and running?