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The CrowIt's been a few months since our last update on "The Crow," Relativity Media's upcoming remake of the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee. As of our last report, "Limitless" actor Bradley Cooper was in talks to star in the film with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") behind the camera, but the film was still in search of a screenwriter.

That search ended this week with the studio's announcement that "Watchmen" screenwriter Alex Tse will script the remake, and Cooper will indeed play the role of gothic hero Eric Draven, who's resurrected from the dead to avenge his wife's brutal murder. Read More...

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The CrowBy Jenni Miller

The remake/reboot/rejiggering of "The Crow" is flapping its way to fruition. However, the latest rumor that "The Hangover, Part II" star Bradley Cooper is in talks to star as Eric Draven has met with some skepticism.

Can the wholesome-looking star don Draven's eyeliner and satisfy fans of the Alex Proyas original? Can he lose the trademark smirk long enough to win over those of us who had the posters and the comics and the soundtrack and perhaps even the t-shirt? (I mean, I'm just saying, some people keep stuff like that around.)

Just in case Cooper decides to fly elsewhere, here are five suggestions for actors we'd like to see take his place. Read More...

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Bradley CooperLast week gave us a new director for "The Crow," and now we could have a casting announcement in the near future, too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Limitless" star Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in Relativity Media’s upcoming remake of "The Crow," with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo behind the camera.

"The Spanish director of 28 Days Later is said to have met with Cooper in Spain recently, where the two hit it off and shared a vision for the character and the film," according to the report. "Relativity would not confirm the talks but sources say Cooper, currently in theaters in Relativity’s hit thriller Limitless, is keen to board the project." Read More...

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The CrowToday we post the final installment of our five-part Halloween Week retrospective on "The Crow," celebrating the film's 15th anniversary with cast and filmmaker interviews that explore its origin and legacy. If you're just discovering this feature, be sure to look back through our "15 Years Of Devil's Night" archive.

PART FIVE: REMEMBERING BRANDON LEE AND "THE CROW"
By Ryan J. Downey

James O'Barr originally conceived The Crow to channel, process and release his anguish and heartbreak over the death of his girlfriend, who was killed by a drunk driver. Brandon Lee, whose famous father had passed away at the all too young age of 32, was cast to play the lead in the film version of the comic.

Many strange and awful circumstances surrounded what would nevertheless eventually emerge as a triumphant and transcendent film. As Time Magazine reported in 1993, sets were ravaged by a storm, a carpenter was almost electrocuted. As the cast and crew have recounted, illness, accidents and even death touched many of them in their personal lives as well. And of course, as is now widely known, Brandon Lee was killed during a tragic onset accident with just days left of filming to complete. Read More...

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The CrowOur five-part Halloween Week retrospective on "The Crow" continues, celebrating the film's 15th anniversary with cast and filmmaker interviews that explore its origin and legacy. Check back each day this week for another installment of our "15 Years Of Devil's Night" series.

PART FOUR: BEST. SOUNDTRACK. EVER?
By Ryan J. Downey

"The Crow" soundtrack is quite possibly the greatest alt-rock compilation assembled in the '90s. Coupled with Graeme Revell's hauntingly moving score, bands like The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Machines Of Loving Grace perfectly complimented the movie's dark and romantic themes.

Even the bands who contributed cover songs selected material that lined up well with the flick, intentionally or not. Nine Inch Nails covered "Lost Souls," by one of The Crow creator James O'Barr's favorite bands, Joy Division. Rollins Band did a version of Suicide's "Ghost Rider," about the Marvel hero. Pantera's take on "The Badge" was even more savage than the original by punk legends Poison Idea.

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Medicine both appear in the film. And of course, Eric Draven's background was enhanced by making him a musician (Brandon Lee even learned to play guitar). Read More...

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Skull CowboyOur five-part Halloween Week retrospective on "The Crow" continues, celebrating the film's 15th anniversary with cast and filmmaker interviews that explore its origin and legacy. Check back each day this week for another installment of our "15 Years Of Devil's Night" series.

PART THREE: THE SKULL COWBOY SPEAKS! THE CROW'S LOST CHARACTER.
By Ryan J. Downey

The Skull Cowboy appears in James O'Barr's comics and nearly made it into "The Crow." An other-worldly guide for Brandon Lee's resurrected avenger Eric Draven, the mysterious figure would have provided a great deal of the film's exposition, setting up the "rules" of the afterlife and Draven's mission.

The character, portrayed under heavy prosthetics by actor Michael Berryman ("The Devil's Rejects," "Weird Science," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"), can be glimpsed in a deleted footage montage on the collector's edition DVD of "The Crow" and longer scenes, including one with dialogue, have made their way online. The Skull Cowboy would have first appeared as Draven emerges from the grave.

The absence of Berryman's character from the final cut of the film subsequently caused a bit more footage to be left out, most notably, an extended fight sequence with Funboy (Michael Masse). Read More...

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The CrowToday we continue our five-part Halloween Week retrospective on "The Crow," celebrating the film's 15th anniversary with cast and filmmaker interviews that explore its origin and legacy. Check back each day this week for another installment of our "15 Years Of Devil's Night" series.

PART TWO: JOHNNY DEPP? CHRISTIAN SLATER? BON JOVI?! CASTING ERIC DRAVEN
By Ryan J. Downey

Before "The Crow," Brandon Lee's biggest role was in "Rapid Fire," an above-average action flick carried mostly by his grace, charm and combination of various martial arts styles years before the phrase "MMA" was popularized. His other credits included "Showdown in Little Tokyo" opposite Dolph Lundgren, little seen low-budget foreign action flicks "Laser Mission" and "Legacy of Rage" and the televised "Kung Fu: The Movie," with David Carradine.

Brandon dropped nearly 40 lbs. to play Eric Draven and was deeply involved in his characterization and fight choreography. His performance was at once natural yet supernatural in style throughout the film, which would define his legacy and remove him from the shadow of his famous father. Here, one of the producers, one of the writers, and one of the actors in the film reflect on Lee's casting and contributions. Read More...

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The CrowNot only is it Halloween Week here on Splash Page, this year also marks the 15th anniversary of Brandon Lee's debut in the live-action adaptation of James O'Barr's dark comic book series "The Crow." With that in mind, we're celebrating with a five-part retrospective on the 1994 film, its origins and its legacy, culled from interviews with the cast and filmmakers behind director Alex Proyas' celebrated film. Check back each day this week for another installment of our "15 Years Of Devil's Night" series.

PART ONE: 52 MEETINGS FROM THE COMIC TO THE SCREEN
By Ryan J. Downey

Sure, there's Richard Donner's Superman, the Christopher Nolan Batman films, but to many, "The Crow" remains the greatest comic book flick ever made.

The late, great Brandon Lee, who was killed in a tragic onset accident just days away from completing the film, completely embodied the pathos, grace, otherworldly invincibility and dark humor of James O'Barr's Joy Division fueled black and white comic book about murder, heartbreak, the afterlife and justice. Read More...

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