Alex Proyas is just as fed up with the story of The Crow remake as you are.
The director of the original film, starring the late Brandon Lee in his final role – and the one that killed him after a prop gun malfunction – had some piping hot takes on the repeated attempts to resurrect The Crow for a new franchise. Proyas took to his Facebook page and posted this:
THE CROW would not be a movie worth “remaking” if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee. If it wasn’t for Brandon you may never have even heard of this poignant little underground comic. It is Brandon’s movie. I believe it is a special case where Hollywood should just let it remain a testament to a man’s immense talent and ultimate sacrifice – and not have others re-write that story or add to it. I know sequels were made, and TV shows, and what have you, but the notion of “rebooting” this story, and the original character – a character Brandon gave life to at too high a cost – seems wrong to me.
Please let this remain Brandon’s film.
It’s something I seriously doubt any Hollywood suit has thought about. The Crow means something to Alex Proyas, for better or worse, and it means something to him that Brandon Lee remains the final iteration of this character.
The Crow was no more than a middling success in the 90s, boosted by the tragedy surrounding it, but over the last 20 years it’s finally reached an elevated cult status for fans of the genre. These never ending threats from studios (the property now belongs to Sony, though that could change) to remake this movie are feeling more and more cynical as the next announcement come along.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is do nothing at all.