Bill Skarsgård is The Crow in Reboot
Picture it: The 1990s. Specifically, 1994. You go to the movies, because that’s the only way to see a movie when it first comes out. You go to see The Crow, which is a superhero movie, a comic book movie. But that doesn’t mean much in 1994. There probably aren’t a lot of people who are familiar with the source material. If they know the movie at all, then it’s likely because of its tragic production. Still, though, the movie is a hit. It ranks at number 26 for the year. That might not sound that impressive, but it’s a pretty good showing for a year that included The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and Speed, among many other giants. Accordingly, they’ve tried to reboot The Crow since then, but have been unsuccessful so far. That is, until now, because we’re getting Bill Skarsgård as the Crow.
Crow Reboot Originally Planned with Jason Momoa
If news of a Crow reboot sounds familiar, then there’s a good reason why. First of all, we know how much Hollywood loves to remake, reboot, repackage, recycle everything. So if something is even a smidge of a hit, then chances are, it’s already in preproduction. (Not that hit status has any effect on whether a studio remakes something.)
Brandon Lee as the only Crow I recognize so far, image via Miramax
Before that, though, there are often sequels. This movie has three of them. I’ve seen none of them, but I don’t think I’m missing much. For the three, the highest Rotten Tomatoes score is 20% (for The Crow: Salvation). Yikes. Also, there was apparently a TV adaptation, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which aired on the Sci-Fi (now Syfy) channel. Sure.
Anyway, with all that, it’s unsurprising that there have been multiple attempts to reboot the franchise. Before 2017, for example, there were a couple of attempts, including one that would star Luke Evans. The closest anyone’s come, though, was in 2017, when Corin Hardy launched an effort to remake it with Jason Momoa. However, due to money issues, that project fell apart a year later. Momoa, whose Justice League costar lately thinks the sun comes up just to hear them crow–no pun intended–announced his exit on his Instagram. Among other things, he said, “I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love.”
And Now Bill Skarsgård is The Crow
It looks like a Crow remake is finally moving forward. The Hollywood Reporter announced in an exclusive that Bill Skarsgård will star in The Crow: Caw Again. (I made that up; I don’t know what the official title will be.) FKA Twigs is also appearing. There is no word yet, though, on how closely the story will hew to the original film or James O’Barr’s comic series, which inspired the franchise.
It’s likely, though, that it’ll keep the same bones. If you haven’t seen any of the films (or read the series), then all you need to know is that it’s a story about vengeance. In the book series and in the original film, it follows Eric. After a group of goons murder him and his fiancée Shelly, Eric comes back to life thanks to the intervention of a presumably magic crow. Revenge is the chief force animating him, though, and he seeks it, while trying to come to terms with Shelly’s death.
O’Barr himself began the series to work through his own feelings after a drunk driver killed his fiancée. Sadly, though, more tragedy followed in the wake of the film’s production. Due to a number of factors, including the failure to check and clear the gun, star Brandon Lee was shot and killed while filming a scene. They were able to finish the movie, though, since Lee had shot most of his scenes. Other scenes used his stunt double Chad Stehelski as a stand-in.
image via Netflix
They expect to start production on the Bill Skarsgård Crow this June in Prague and Munich. Zach Baylin (King Richard) wrote the script, while Rupert Sanders is directing. You might know him from his films Snow White and the Huntsman and Ghost in the Shell. Last year, he also directed an episode of Foundation, that Apple TV+ show that stars Jared Harris and Eyebrow Heartthrob Lee Pace. Skarsgård was recently unrecognizable as Kro, haha, in The Eternals. He’s got several projects in postproduction, though, including Stahelski’s John Wick 4 and the upcoming Netflix series Clark, which will depict Clark Olofsson, whose crimes inspired the invention of the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome.”
We’ll keep you updated on any Crow-related news. In the meantime, let us know what you think by commenting here or on our social media.
featured image of Skarsgård in The Devil All the Time via Netflix
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]