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“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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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