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Watchmen Writer Gets Crow Screenplay
Alex Tse bringing Eric Draven back life

23 June 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Relativity Media (via Coming Soon)

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Watchmen Writer Gets Crow Screenplay

Now that the legal dispute between Relativity Media and the Weinsteins has more-or-less gone away, Relativity are once again moving forward with their Crow reboot. Alex Tse is the latest writer to be tasked with re-adapting James O'Barr's original graphic novel.

Tse doesn't have a great many credits on his CV, but the one that got him the gig was presumably a little thing called Watchmen, for which he has a co-writer credit with David Hayter. He's also penned as-yet un-produced adaptations of Ninja Scroll, The Phantom Tollbooth and The Illustrated Man, and Spike Lee's TV movie Sucker Free City. And he's known as a script doctor, reportedly providing uncredited polishes for the Step Up films and House of Wax.

The Crow is, of course, the story of rocker Eric Draven, murdered along with his girlfriend, and returning from the grave as a goth'd up avenger to right that wrong. O'Barr wrote the comics as catharsis following the death of his own fiancee, and it was previously filmed by Alex Proyas, tragically constituting Brandon Lee's final role. Three sequels and a TV series followed, all of which are a bit of a chore.

Relativity's "reinvention" has been on the books for some time now. For a while it was going ahead with Stephen Norrington behind the camera, and a script by Nick Cave, but Norrington's departure over "creative differences" with the suits, prompted a page-one start-over, and sadly we can now only imagine what Cave might have brought to the project.

The Crow is now underway with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) directing, and Bradley Cooper currently attached to play Draven. Relativity promise it will be "gritty", and said in a press release that "The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. Fresnadillo and Tse are perfectly suited to bring these beloved characters back to life, and to create a world worthy of this modern classic."

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There are some films that should be left alone, this is one of them, why try and remake it ? I tell you what why nor just play the same old movie at the cinema instead of getting some crap director to TRY and make a better version.... cos let me tell you that aint gonna happen. anyway this is like someone saying there gonna remake a clockwork orage. GET LOST Alex Tse More

Posted by jokerpoker123 at 15:29 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: In response to Mr. Fetta
Well may I start by saying how refreshing it is to have a decent, grown up debate on these forums rather than the usual loud mouths blaring away rather ignorantly and without the appreciation of the opinions of others'. Secondly, I'm actually in agreement with Mr. Fetta. I think there is space for this remake. The original is brilliant, there's no denying. However, as Mr. Fetta has said, it does have slight shades of 80s cheese in there and has dated quite heavily. As for Mr. Baybee, you More

Posted by evildave69 at 14:09 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

In response to Mr. Fetta
Fair point Bob. Don't get me wrong, I genuinely want this to be a good film. Obviously we don't want bad films to be made at all, be they from an original script or the seventeenth remake of a 1920's classic, and if this turns out to be great I'll be a very happy man. I also agree with you that the potential is there. Unfortunately the, admittedly small, snippets released by Relativity in reference to the project thus far are giving me the impression that they are not preparing to make the film More

Posted by Haveityourwaybaybeee at 12:24 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

i dunno, for all the reboot's/reimaginings/sequels and crossovers... i think there's genuinely room for this one. the original was ace, no questions, but it sits forever in that period of 90's film making where no matter how dark an aesthetic there's still a thin sliver of leftover 80's cheese... hate to use this phrase but something with a post Dark Knight (i know, i know) level of grit and menace would be most welcome. the trick is to take itself seriously, goth the shit out of it, stick to More

Posted by bob_fetta at 11:34 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

Can't rain all the time. Pissing down now though isn't it
This is a mistake. I loved the first film, I was 13 when it came out so it was perfect timing. "Will I be perceived of as cool, hunky, bruised and deep by all and sundry if I grow my hair long and 'clown up' my mush?" said the young I to nobody in particular. No, as it turns out, though I did win first prize at a Halloween party for my efforts. However! The sequels were poor. Bound to be really, I mean it's a singular storyline; Man and shapely squeeze get bumped off in diabolical fashion. M More

Posted by Haveityourwaybaybeee at 11:13 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

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