Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly Back For More Bourne
Call it The Bourne Reunion, perhaps.
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
12 September 2014
James McAvoy Talks Professor X's Future
'I think I'm losing my hair finally...'
Mark Wahlberg Bringing Shooter To TV
Sniper Bob Lee Swagger switches to TNT
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
American Sniper
31 December 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Empire Star Rating
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Lone Survivor (2014)
Empire Star Rating
American Hustle (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Is James McAvoy The New Crow?
Rumour has it that he's in talks

26 February 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Bloody Disgusting

submit to reddit

James McAvoy, X-Men First Class

Relativity's reboot of James O'Barr's The Crow has been thrashing around in development for ages now. Last we heard, a year or so ago, attached star Bradley Cooper and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had both left the project. The Crow refuses to stay dead, however, and word this morning is that James McAvoy is in talks to wear the leathers and the corpse paint. F. Javier Gutierrez is the man currently in the director's chair.

We are slightly dubious about this news, since BD seem disinclined to talk about any sort of source for their scoop. But they point out that they previously correctly announced Mark Wahlberg's brief involvement, so maybe they have a secret insider source. McAvoy seems like an odd choice, but we wouldn't necessarily have pegged him for Professor Xavier either, and look how well that worked out.

This new Crow was kickstarted by Stephen Norrington in 2009, with the Blade director planning to shoot his own screenplay, which would take place in Detroit and the American south-west. Nick Cave then wrote a draft in 2010, before Norrington walked over the usual creative differences with the studio. Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) signed on in early 2011, beating Gutierrez (Before The Fall) to the gig, but when Fresnadillo moved on later the same year, Gutierrez was back in the game.

Channing Tatum's name was bandied around for the lead role after Wahlberg and Cooper had gone, so we'll see whether McAvoy lasts any longer, or even gets beyond the "talks" stage. It sounds as if we still won't see the new Crow anytime especially soon, but if you're feeling Draven cravings, Titan published a swish new expanded edition of O'Barr's original graphic novel last year. We'll next see McAvoy in Danny Boyle's Trance (March 27) and Eran Creevy's Welcome To The Punch (March 15) - but if you're in London, he's appearing in Macbeth onstage nightly.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Exclusive: New The Look Of Love Poster
Too sexy for your screen
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

RE: Is James McAvoy The New Crow?
Well this is a fucking awful idea More

Posted by rich at 22:07 on 06 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: "It Can't Rain Forever..."
yeah i like him as an actor but cannot see him as Eric Draven - if this does go ahead maybe the best idea would be go with an unknown actor ? More

Posted by buffster28 at 18:51 on 06 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: "It Can't Rain Forever..."
I have at lot of time for McAvoy, but if this happens then it is truly dreadful casting. He is about as far removed from Eric Draven as I can possibly imagine. I don't want to be pathetically shallow but he just does not look the part at . I do love the original so will be wary of any 'reboot', but if treated right it has fantastic potential - providing they find a lead worthy to fill Brandon Lee's shoes. And that will not be easy. More

Posted by Cloud Cuckoo at 06:27 on 28 February 2013 | Report This Post

"It Can't Rain Forever..."
The Crow with Brandon Lee is a dazzling movie. I remember being in tears walking down the street after leaving the cinema. I felt so bad about poor Brandon Lee's death on set and seeing him go into the grave at the end was just so real and genuinely sad. They got everything right and I can't imagine them improving on the original but everything has to be reheated and served up again but it's just greasy leftovers from a feast. More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:42 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Necessary Reboot
L: Artoo L: Dannybohy James fuckin Mcavoy! are you taking the piss!. Sort it out and cast in properly if you insist on remaking pointless remakes!. This will suck as much horse eating dogs balls as the Robocop human hand ass hole will otherwise eah - not a good choice, but a damn sight better than Mark fuckin Whalberg! Bradley Cooper would've been alright...... cant forgive Bradley for being so shit in the already shit A-team movie! he can go to hell!. Its alway More

Posted by Dannybohy at 16:11 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Necessary Reboot
L: Dannybohy James fuckin Mcavoy! are you taking the piss!. Sort it out and cast in properly if you insist on remaking pointless remakes!. This will suck as much horse eating dogs balls as the Robocop human hand ass hole will otherwise eah - not a good choice, but a damn sight better than Mark fuckin Whalberg! Bradley Cooper would've been alright...... More

Posted by Artoo at 15:31 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Necessary Reboot
James fuckin Mcavoy! are you taking the piss!. Sort it out and cast in properly if you insist on remaking pointless remakes!. This will suck as much horse eating dogs balls as the Robocop human hand ass hole will otherwise More

Posted by Dannybohy at 13:51 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

Necessary Reboot
'the crow', like 'robocop' and 'highlander', deserves a reboot as it has an interesting idea not handled well in the recent sequels. More

Posted by spark1 at 13:39 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

Whatever...
...ANOTHER pointless reboot of a film that doesn't need to be 'rebooted'. Can't these overpaid plebs come up with anything original anymore? More

Posted by mancalledpete at 12:30 on 26 February 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Future Of Film: There’ll Be An Oscar For Performance Capture
And the Academy Award goes to...

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

How We Made The Boxtrolls
Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable talk us through the challenges of bringing Laika’s latest to life

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)