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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for the 2002 horror film 28 Weeks Later, has signed on to direct The Crow remake for Relativity Media, Heat Vision reports.
Based on the hit 1989 comic by James O’Barr, The Crow centers on a young musician who’s killed while trying save his fiancee from street thugs, only to be resurrected by supernatural forces. He seeks vengeance against his murderers, methodically stalking the thugs and killing them.
The original adaptation, released in 1994 by Miramax, was a critical and commercial success that achieved cult status, in part, because of the on-set death of star Brandon Lee. It spawned three movie sequels and a short-lived television series.
The remake has been in the works since at least 2008, when Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) announced his plans to write and direct a “reinvention” of The Crow.
Writer-musician Nick Cave (The Proposition, The Wettest County in the World) penned the most recent draft of the script, but Heat Vision reports a new writer is expected to be brought in to work with Fresnadillo. The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Apaches Entertainment’s Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Belen Atienza.