The Crow will return to the big screen soon thanks to a reboot that will reportedly star Jason Momoa, currently filming Justice League for Warner Bros. as Aquaman. The actor will head to the set of The Crow soon after that film finishes principal photography, according to a report from The Wrap, with a shooting schedule that begins in January 2017. Corin Hardy is also reportedly back in the director's chair for the movie, despite leaving it earlier in 2016. The Crow is based off a comic book created by James O'Barr.
That means Momoa will go from comic book project to comic book project for the forseeable future, as his solo film Aquaman, with director James Wan, is due out in 2018, meaning he'll likely jump right back underwater when The Crow wraps.
While the first adaptation of The Crow in 1994 was a cult classic, starring Brandon Lee, the subsequent direct-to-video sequels went farther and farther from the source material. Momoa will star as Eric Draven, the lead from the comic. O'Barr told fans last year that the reboot would "definitely happen" despite Relativity's money problems, and now the production company seems to be back on its feet and ready to film, with their reported second or third director and third or fourth lead in the role since acquiring the rights to The Crow for film more than five years ago.
O'Barr enjoyed the first adaptation, but made sure to point out at that panel, "The new movie is not a remake of the Brandon Lee film. It’s going right back to the book; it’s like a literal page-for-page adaptation of the book.
"The trains, the horses, the talking bird, all the visual metaphors. The death figures throughout the thing."
O'Barr is heavily involved in the production of the reboot, telling fans he has "control of the soundtrack again," repeating a licensing request he made when selling the rights to the property for the first film, and that he's working very close with the director on development of the movie.
"It’s going to be good, it’s going to be really good. And it’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver than to John Woo. The violence is supposed to be ugly, you know? I’m very happy with everything," O'Barr promised.