The Unnecessary Remake: Bradley Cooper in Talks for The Crow

13 Apr

I have gone on record on this site as a defender of the remake/reboot/prequel craze.  While I understand why many people are upset with Hollywood’s infatuation with turning the movie-goers nostalgia into a quick buck, I also believe that, when done right, a rebooted film can be much better than any “original” work.  However, with the most recent rumors being that there is a The Crow reboot in the works potentially starring Bradley Cooper, I may have finally reached my boiling point.

I am a fanboy of many franchises so I can understand supporting a film despite its obvious flaws.  However, it is my personal belief that The Crow is a terrible movie.  The product of the popular grunge scene in the mid 1990s and the untimely death of star Brandon Lee while filming; The Crow is not a film that transcends the era in which it was made.  With a 7.6 user rating on IMDB and an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes I may go as far to say that The Crow is one of the most overrated films I’ve ever seen.  Somehow, the original spawned a series of sequels as well as a television franchise and is now going to be rebooted; but will it be a success, I doubt it.

Not to mention one professional wrestling career

Let me again point out that the success of the original film was catapulted in large part due to the popularity of grunge in 1994 and the death of the film’s star.  Consider The Dark Knight as a modern day example, yes the film was infinitely better than The Crow, but the untimely death of star Heath Ledger made his dark and destructive portrayal of the Joker seem all that more eerie (not to say Ledger did not deserve the acclaim he received).

CAPTION DELETED: Still too soon

It is worth noting that the film, The Crow, was adapted from a comic book written by James O’Barr and that source material does not dictate the “reinvention” remain stylistically similar to the first.  In fact, script writer Stephen Norrington has stated that he wants his version of The Crow to be “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style.”  Still, given the tradition of most franchise reboots, I imagine the studio would rather stay true to the original film and not anger the franchise’s cult following. 

Because they will cut you

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