The Crow is getting a reboot with Bill Skarsgard: can we not?

In October, 2021, following the tragic on-set death of Halyna Hutchins, Brandon Lee’s fiancee, Eliza Hutton, sent condolences to Hutchins’ family and spoke about the pain of losing Brandon. Lee was killed in an on-set accident on The Crow in 1993, when he was shot by a bullet lodged into a prop gun. Brandon’s sister, Shannon Lee, also said that not much had changed since her brother’s death and that firearms needed to be banned on set. Unlike Rust, Hutchins’ film which will never be completed, The Crow was released in 1994 with Lee’s filmed scenes and some rewriting. I bring this up because some Hollywood brain trusts thought now would be a great time to announce a reboot of The Crow, starring Bill Skarsgard and FKA Twigs. There have been different iterations of this reboot which haven’t been able to launch, likely for good reason, but this is said to be a go.

A new version of The Crow may finally be on the wing.

Bill Skarsgård and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter FKA Twigs are set to star in a “modern reimagining” of the supernatural thriller, EW has confirmed, with Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders attached to direct. King Richard writer Zach Baylin is penning the new script, based on the comic book by James O’Barr.

“The Crow is beautiful, dark, poetic, and sometimes disturbing,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is a story of love, loss, grief, and revenge. It is a great honor to revisit James O’Barr’s iconic comic and reimagine The Crow as a foreboding voice of today.”

[From EW]

I’m old and I remember Brandon Lee’s death, but I’m not the target market for this film, which came out before the key movie-going demographic was born. They’re hoping young people will go see this and that it will make money. They’re probably right, it’s a good story and the writer, director and actors are decent too. (King Richard was my favorite movie this awards season.) Bill Skarsgard is so creepy compelling on screen and I thought he was incredible in Castle Rock. I just wish they could have left this film alone. Not everything needs to be rebooted.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    No, just a big NO to any reboot etc.. of this wonderful movie. This was the movie that would have propelled Brandon into movie star status. Its just a beautiful movie.

    There has been a lot of talk over the years about remaking, IIRC Jason Momoa was attached at one point.

    • Fortuona says:

      It was also a TV series with Mark Dacascos (The Iron Chef) in as Draven . Ans lasted anothe 3 film once Brandon died

      So there was a reboot that lasted 22 episodes and another 3 films . And James O’Barr owns it seen as he was the one who wrote the books

  2. Case says:

    The Crow is perfect as-is. We don’t need a reboot, remake, etc.

  3. Petee says:

    Noooooo!Why does Hollywood do this?It never works out.

  4. Eleonor says:


  5. HeatherC says:

    They tried to continue the mythology. Anyone remember The Crow: City of Angels, one of the worst films ever made? (and that’s not hyperbole). There was a TV series too at one point.

    The movie was perfect. Brandon Lee was perfect. Ernie Hudson was perfect. Leave it alone.

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      I have a crush on Ernie Hudson lol from watching Grace and Frankie. I had no idea he’s 76.

    • Sharon says:

      But the TV show starred Mark Dacascus and he was compelling! (and lovely) This looks like interesting casting but yeah-leave it alone.

    • The Recluse says:

      Crow: City of Angels was so dark and icky. The only thing I liked about it was Vincent Perez.

  6. zinjazin says:

    “The crow starring Bill Skarsgard and FKA Twigs”
    Excuse me what?
    Could all of this be more random?
    How do they come up with these pithches? Is it the agents?
    Just seems to come out of nowhere and they just pulls some random celebrity names out of a hat, and a random filmtitle out of another hat and then just phone it in.

    • blinkb says:

      Not the agents! This has been doing the rounds for years, and this casting decision would be down to the creative team. I adore the original film, and I like these two actors, BUT WE DO NOT NEED THIS

    • Cait says:

      Also are there no more American actors ? Why do we have all these foreigners playing Americans with their barely passable American accents. I saw something where Riz Ahmed was playing as ingle father from the South The accent was horrible to the point of parody . Either these foreigners are better trained or their not

  7. Lizzie Bathory says:

    Clearly I’m in the minority, but I think this will probably work. Brandon’s performance, the tragedy of what happened & (in my opinion) the production design elevated what is a kind of weird film. The villains are really cartoonish (& what’s with all the eye stuff?). I think it would be cool to revisit the source material for a current audience. Plus, the 90s are “in” again, so I can see why a studio would find this appealing.

    • bus says:

      I was in my early teens when I saw this movie and it was a really f*cking cool movie at the time. Add some NIN, STP and I forgot the girl that sang Fall Into You and it’s perfect set of nostalgia. I don’t know if you saw The Batman but it gave me real 90’s grunge vibes and that’s been successful. I think if you spin the characters a bit, add a little non-binary element, maybe make eric and his wife good friends instead of a couple, turn the attack from a tenants rights suppressive action into a hate crime and you might just capture todays market.

  8. Esmerelda says:

    Frankly Brandon Lee’s death on the set is what sold the movie. In and of itself it’s a competently made piece of moody 90s pulp fiction, but nothing more.
    I watched it back then, and it was this big generational thing, and I still love Micheal Wincott’s over the top character… but it won’t work as a reboot: the grunge rock mythology underpinning the Eric Draven character is simply not there for this generation.

    • Songs (Or It Didn't Happen) says:

      The first Crow film (and omg, the soundtrack) so perfectly encapsulate this very 90s goth movement. Truly. But you are right in that the tragic story behind the film was what made the film so well known.

      That being said, there’s been so many films and the TV show that followed. It’s not like a remake of this sacred thing that has never been touched or breathed on in twenty years. Call me for the pocket line when they try to do an Empire Records reunion miniseries or something.

  9. Honey says:

    I’ll only see it if Moira Rose also stars.

  10. Madpoe says:

    I was a teen when I learned the tragic accident for Brandon Lee. It was hard going to see it opening night knowing the sadness his loved ones went through. I loved the movie and hoped and prayed it will never be touched. Although seeing the second one introduced me to Vincent Perez, I still wish hollyweird would leave this alone.