The movie franchise The Crow seems to have been cursed ever since the death of Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee who played Eric Draven in the original film, during its production. While many critics thought the reboot of The Crow would be an amazing project, most fans of the original film were adamantly against it. They felt it would take away from the memory of Brandon Lee and nobody else should try to replace him. When asked on Twitter about her opinion, his sister Shannon Lee answered she would not support a reboot.
Many actors had been linked to the project over time. Bradley Cooper was in talks for the lead role of Eric Draven/The Crow who was according to IGN “the anti Spider-Man.” The essence of angsty ’90s comic book characters, The Crow took inspiration from creator James O’Barr’s life — after his fiancee was tragically killed in a hit-and-run by a drunk driver.”
But Bradley Cooper dropped out of the project. Another actor who had been cast as Eric Draven was Luke Evans, and after having been endorsed by the creator James O’Barr, who had seen him in costume, it seemed the project was finally moving ahead with production to begin in spring 2015.
Then a change of director and “scheduling conflicts” prompted Luke to distance himself from The Crow Reboot. The next actor attached to the role of Eric Draven was Jack Huston, but he too left, also due to “scheduling issues” as described in Variety on June 15th 2015 “The “Boardwalk Empire” star was slated to take on the role originated by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film of the same, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. “The Crow” is currently in pre-production in Wales.
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow,’” said director Corin Hardy in a statement. “‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
After that Nicholas Hoult, Jack O’Connell, Jai Courtney among others, were being eyed as possible replacements. Umberto Gonzalez with Heroic Hollywood was hinting on Twitter @elmayimbe about a mystery actor who was offered the role:
Many asked and speculated until, finally, yesterday he tweeted “RIP THE CROW reboot”.
Now we don’t know what Umberto Gonzalez knows, but I for one would be disappointed if this is really the end. It seems the project just had too many issues for too long, though I would have loved to see Luke Evans as Eric Draven. He has a talent for dark roles and he would have looked great in The Crow make up!