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Bradley Cooper in Talks to Star in Relativity's Reboot of 'The Crow'

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April 12, 2011
Source: THR

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Wow. It's no Wally West, but Eric Draven is just as big. It was just announced last week that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) would take over directing duties in the remake of The Crow, but now THR says that apparently Bradley Cooper is already in early negotiations to star. Obviously Relativity is happy with Cooper as he helped make Limitless quite a bit hit for them and it seems like he was in the loop before Fresnadillo was anyway. Production is targeted to start in the fall and THR doesn't have any other new info, so we'll just have to wait to see how the rest of the project comes together around Fresnadillo and Cooper.

The Crow adaptation will be a reboot of the iconic cult character Eric Draven, who's resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife's murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter, as first envisioned by graphic novelist James O'Barr. "Fresnadillo is an incredibly talented and imaginative filmmaker," said Relativity's Tucker Tooley. "We are thrilled to have him at the helm and are excited to work with both Pressman and Apaches on what we all believe will be a compelling and innovative reimagining of The Crow." I'm more of a fan of Bradley Cooper as a comedic actor than an action actor, but it'll be interesting to see him out of his comfort zone in The Crow, as long as they're true to the comic. How will he compare to Brandon Lee?

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Reader Feedback - 31 Comments

1

It won't top the original but this remake is sounding great! Cooper is an unexpected choice, so unexpected its brilliant! He's not really done many dark films Midnight Meat Train is the only one I can think of...so The Crow might be a good move for him.

Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011

2

I agree. I think people need to be more open to it. Don't forget "Case No. 39" too.

GrandDoc23 on Apr 13, 2011

3

Usuallly agree w/you, Xerxexx...but this feels like the wrong choice altogether.

DwainIBe on Apr 12, 2011

4

understandable.

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

5

I don't know if anyone has seen the inside the actors studio with Bradley Cooper but it was absolutely my favorite. This guy may be funny in comedic rolls but he was born to act. The guy has studied acting his entire life and will do any roll justice. I have no qualms with him in this roll at all and it's actually getting me a little bit more excited for it.

Marc Walker on Apr 12, 2011

6

Not disputing Cooper's acting chops or comedic skill (was a huge fan of Kitchen Confidential) but if they are going back to the original O'Barr source material...he just doesn't strike me as the right fit. Putting aside the argument that this EVEN needs to be remade or not.

DwainIBe on Apr 12, 2011

7

I could see Cooper in the role. But I also see The Crow as someone tall, lanky, pale....more like Adrien Brody.

Mrjzn on Apr 13, 2011

8

The re-make of The Crow is just with any cult classic.. will never be better than the first. 90's Grunge and Goth along with Brandon Lee's mesmerizing screen presence made the original an unforgettable film. What is with all of these dang re-makes!?

Marcus on Apr 13, 2011

9

Because people don't know how to be original anymore. Ugh. Leave the crow alone. I don't wanna see a remake of it. Don't ruin an already great movie!!

Guest on Apr 13, 2011

10

Why reboot The Crow? WHY

Peter Kosmal on Apr 13, 2011

11

You people will be much happier when you just accept the fact the remakes and reboots are just a fact of life in today's hollywood. A remake/reboot (Dammit. I'm coining the term remoot) of a movie doesn't sully the original. If you're not interested, ignore it. It's not going to change anytime soon. On topic, I can definitely see Cooper pulling this off given the right script. I'm kind of excited to see what he does with the character.

Groov on Apr 13, 2011

12

Agreed.

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

13

it's a good thing no one ever reboots shakespeare's plays. jesus, a new crow for a new age. what remains is what is universal and we love. it's in the hands of great director. cooper is an unbelievable actor who brings talent, integrity and range...this is actually something to be excited about, finally.

sanchez on Apr 13, 2011

14

WHY REBOOT-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ;-(

XXX BLK on Apr 13, 2011

15

Yeah, great idea. Bradley Cooper is turning into this years Sam Worthington. As in, he's in everything. If that doesn't annoy you than you're probably a fan of Seth Rogan too, "Hey I'm the same character in every movie..." Give me a break. This is not a good choice, very disappointing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, IMO, a far superior actor and fits the profile of the Crow to a T. But he probably has better things to do than attempt to act in a feeble remake, which most likely will ruin what is already a perfectly good movie and upset a strong fanbase, thus potentially hurting his career. Props JGL for being smart. Who would like to bet this remake will be PG-13? Can't wait to redbox this one.

Quazzimotto on Apr 13, 2011

16

Cooper dont do it! bad move! oh and You People? well we wouldn't have to get used to remakes and CRAP if You People didn't go see them every time they get made.

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

17

Can you blame people for being optimistic, every now and again? Most remakes are shit, but some have been excellent. and who know's this could be one of the few.

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

18

Actually, Mr. Jimmy_Love, I'm not spending 12 bucks to see this for the same reasons I didn't see the Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes.

Marcus on Apr 13, 2011

19

Hey Marcus my comment wast aimed at you, but hey if your not gonna see it great, neither am I!

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

20

i wasnt gonna see it anyway but i cant see him as The Crow...

happy camper on Apr 13, 2011

21

Could the Crow get any more douche than that? I'll pass on this reboot.

Rpin on Apr 13, 2011

22

they should do a sequel with the eric draven char, not a reboot.

mORPH on Apr 13, 2011

23

It's the teens that go see the reboots, then they come and say how much better this version is than the original. Having 5 nieces and nephews that are all teens I've heard and seen it all too many times. That's why reboots are made.

the douche on Apr 13, 2011

24

Cooper is an unexpected choice, so unexpected its brilliant! He's not really done many dark films Midnight Meat Train is the only one I can think of...so The Crow might be a GREAT move for him just like limitless http://www.antivirussoftwarealert.com

Ewing Enterprise on Apr 13, 2011

25

NO and no, please...

Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011

26

He looks terrible with hair extensions. An 80s mullet would work just fine whatever the length. James O'barre apparently stole the story from the real Eric Draven. The Graphic Novels were phenomenal, but were written for Iggy Pop. He's in his 60s now if I'm not mistaken....not the ideal picture of youth. What's-his-face married to Katy Perry would probably make sense for this generation. This franchise has been redone over and over again (badly). If Coop turns out take the role, he might actually do it justice.

Draven Midnight Stone on Apr 13, 2011

27

The "real" Eric Draven is full of crap.

wasnma on Dec 14, 2011

28

JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT.

Aissawi on Apr 13, 2011

29

Bradley Cooper?? He doesn't have an ounce of goth in his romantic comedic soul. Worst casting call choice since Javier Bardem as the Gunslinger. WTF are these studios thinking?

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011

30

No sh*t. Somebody needs to bitch slap whoever's coming up with these "brilliant" ideas.

Quazzimotto on Apr 17, 2011

31

y remake there are so many where stores in the comicbooks and Bradley Cooper come on

Mushindo2009 on Jul 30, 2011

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