Can it really be happening? After numerous false starts, the long-awaited reboot of The Crow appears to finally have its wings, Entertainment Weekly reports. Bill Skarsgård, a.k.a. Pennywise the Clown in the recent It horror movies, will play undead anti-hero Eric Draven, while Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) is directing. Zach Baylin, who just nabbed an Oscar nomination for King Richard, penned the script. Alternative R&B artist FKA twigs is also set to star.
The Crow, of course, is based on the acclaimed comic book by James O'Barr, which was first adapted for the screen as the iconic original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee as Draven, a murdered musician who returns from the dead to avenge his fiancée's killing. The movie is particularly infamous due to Lee's tragic death after he struck by a bullet from a prop gun on set. It's also notable for having one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, featuring exclusive cuts by Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, Rage Against the Machine and more. (Code Orange have already raised their hands to appear on the reboot's soundtrack.)
Though the movie spawned three sequels — 1996's The Crow: City of Angels and two direct-to-video follow-ups, The Crow: Salvation in 2000 and The Crow: Wicked Prayer — a modern reboot has been cursed. Most recently, a prospective new film starring Jason Momoa as Draven fell apart in 2018.
This latest production is scheduled for a June start date, with shooting to take place in Prague and Munich. The budget is in the $50 million range.
"The Crow is beautiful, dark, poetic, and sometimes disturbing," director Ropert Sanders said in a statement. "It is a story of love, loss, grief, and revenge. It is a great honor to revisit James O'Barr's iconic comic and reimagine The Crow as a foreboding voice of today."