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Best known as the director of 28 Weeks Later, Fresnadillo signed on to the comics adaptation in April, replacing Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), who had been attached to the project since 2008.
But according to Twitch, Fresnadillo too is now gone, following in the footsteps of star Bradley Cooper, who left in August because of scheduling conflicts with his role in Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost. Fresnadillo has been circling Summit Entertainment’s Highlander remake, but it’s unclear whether that’s the reason for his departure.
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 — directed, coincidentally enough, by Proyas — 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.