In an interview with Korsgard’s Commentary, James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, gives his full endorsement to the upcoming reboot of the film series.
O’Barr says that the new film, which is consulting on, will not be a remake of the original The Crow film, but a fresh take on adapting his original comic book.
[W]e're not remaking the movie. We're readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi 'Dracula' and there's a Francis Ford Coppola 'Dracula'. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films.
This one's going to be closer to 'Taxi Driver' or a John Woo film, and I think there's room for both of them. Part of the appeal of 'The Crow' comics, after all, is that they can tell very different stories.
One O’Barr revealed was that, like in the original comics, Eric and Shelley’s last names will likely not be revealed. This bit of faithfulness to the source material will maintain the legacy of Brandon Lee, the actor who played Eric Draven in the original film and who died due to an accident on the set.
If you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won't be going by Eric Draven in the new film.
Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven... [N]o one understands that fear more than me. Brandon Lee was a friend and I'd never do anything to hurt his legacy.
The Crow is set to begin production in spring 2015.