“The Crow” reboot gets a new director and writer

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Plans for a reboot of “The Crow” screen franchise continue to roll along despite the occasional bump in the road, with yesterday’s resolution of the legal battle over the character now followed by the announcement of a new writer and director for the project.

Relativity Media announced today that the studio has finalized a deal with “Before the Fall” director F. Javier Gutiérrez toget behind the camera for an upcoming “reinvention” of The Crow. The studio paired the announcement with news that writer Jesse Wigutow will pen the film’s script — though it’s unclear whether he’ll be writing an entirely new draft or revising one of the many existing scripts (including a draft penned by Nick Cave).

Based on The Crow comic book series James O’Barr, the original 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee was a critical and commercial success, garnering some of that attention due to Lee’s death during filming. It went on to spawn numerous sequels, a television series, and other spinoff properties, though none of them achieved similar success.

Gutiérrez is the latest in a series of directors attached to “The Crow” reboot over the last few years, with “Blade” director Stephen Norrington initially chosen to write and direct the film, only to depart the project several years later. “28 Weeks Later” director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was announced as the new director early last year, but he left the project in October.

A similar line of writers have been attached to and detached from “The Crow,” including Norrington and “Watchmen” writer Alex Tse, as well as musician Nick Cave, prior to today’s announcement regarding Wigutow.

Spanish filmmaker Gutiérrez is best known for his film “Before the Fall,” which follows the events that transpire after the world learns that a planet-killing meteor is on a collision course with Earth. Wigutow, the new writer on “The Crow,” is a relative unknown, though the studio indicates that he’s worked on “Tron: Legacy,” “8 Mile,” and “The Ruins” in some capacity.

According to the studio, the upcoming reboot looks to offer yet another gritty take on the story of Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave to avenge the murder of his wife. There’s no date for filming to begin at this point, and no target for release date. Bradley Cooper was previously attached to star in the film, though he has since left the project. The new lead actor has not been announced yet, though rumors have pointed to Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, or Ryan Gosling as potential leads.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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