Mark Wahlberg Will Not Be Starring in the Remake of 'The Crow'

November 23, 2010
Source: Cinematical

The Crow / Mark Wahlberg

Back in October there was quite an outcry in the comments about whether or not Mark Wahlberg should take the lead role in the gestating remake, or rather an all-new adaptation, of James O'Barr's comic book The Crow. Well, everyone who absolutely hated the idea can breathe a sigh of relief as Cinematical recently spoke with the actor whilst promoting David O. Russell's The Fighter where he revealed that he would not be part of the project. However, in his speaking about the project, it was revealed that his involvement was once very much a possibility, but a change of the guard behind the camera seemed to turn him away from it.

Wahlberg told Cinematical, "We never committed to making the movie. They talked to me about it and there was a director attached who I was a fan of, and he's no longer doing it. We just thought about it – 'is there something cool to be done there?' But we're not committed to making the movie." So it sounds like Wahlberg may have been interested in working with director Stephen Norrington, but because he has since departed the project, their collaboration never happened.

However, when Norrington described his reasons for leaving, he mentioned an unnamed actor wanting a complete rewrite of the script (which Norrington wrote with Nick Cave) and that just wasn't going to happen with his involvement. We'll probably never know anymore details than that, but there you have it. At the very least, there will probably be plenty of fans out there who are glad to hear that Wahlberg won't be stepping into the shoes once filled by the late Brandon Lee. So who do you think should play The Crow?

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No one. And I'm not a remake hater. I actually like some of them. This movie should not be remade though.

Brian Ricci on Nov 23, 2010


Woohooo!!!! Like Brian said, this movie, regardless of good casting decisions just doesn't need to be remade. It's a classic for a reason.

Cruzer on Nov 23, 2010


Thank fuck hes not touching it, he already ruined Max Payne.....and could never follow Brandon Lee. I think The Crow could be redone but doubt it would beat the 1st effort.

Darren on Nov 23, 2010


The first name that pops up in my mind when I think of a possible (yet, completely unnecessary) The Crow remake, is Mark Dacascos. He somewhat resembles Brandon Lee, has a martial arts background, has the same lean physique and looks good with long grunge hair (see Brotherhood of the Wolf). Why anybody would consider Mark Wahlberg before him, is beyond me.

SuicidalOptimist on Nov 23, 2010


No.4 totally disagree Brandon played down the martial arts in The Crow as he wanted the fights to be more gritty and real with supernatural elements, Mark Dacoscas looks similar but has an irritating voice and is a shit actor. If anyone is going to play the part, the only person alive that i think could do something interesting and fresh with the role is Joseph Gordon Levitt, ive said it all along ,the guys a legend and a great actor, plus i think he has the right look for the part. Got to say if Wahlberg took the part i would have turned my back on the franchise completely! As a massive Crow fan ive put up with a lot of shit 1 good film out of 4 and a dire tv series isnt a very good ratio, almost like Robo Cop!

Dan3659 on Nov 23, 2010


I like the idea of a reboot. I think the film franchise could have been great, but sadly, after the original, the films got progressively worse. The original is a classic. Why not reboot the sequels and base them more on the comics, especially Dead Time? I have trouble imagining Mark Wahlberg in the role, so I'm glad that's not going to happen - though, who knows, he could have been perfect? I think they should cast an unknown, but most importantly these films need better villains - I think people underestimate the importance of Michael Wincott's performance in the film. You can't have a good revenge story without a good villain and Wincott (along with his jolly pirate gang -David Patrick Kelly was awesome as was Michael Massee, as was Laurence Mason) were truly great (not flat) villains. All the sequels were lacking in this department and I truly think that's why they didn't work. One final word on the matter from me: Graeme Revell - that score was as much a character in the first and second movie as Brandon Lee and I don't think I would have loved the original as much as I did without that score. Get Graeme Revell to do the score - that will bring a great continuity after all these years.

lazlo underhill on Nov 23, 2010


The problem is The Crow is awesome because it was a product of the 90's (aside from the fact that like Ledger's Joker, Brandon Lee's performance was mind blowing coupled with his untimely death) it had great music from the 90's...amazing soundtrack produced by Trent Reznor, an awesome look and a grungy/gothic style. If they remake it now (which is ridiculous anyway) it's going to have emo characters, probably some really shitty musical soundtrack with Kanye West and Lady GaGa and worst of all it will most likely be PG-13 and given the "Twilight" treatment to appeal to that new generation of kids that would rather sit at home and cry to My Chemical Romance records and cut themselves than to see a kick ass action flick with headbanging songs and brutal violence. F*ck this remake in the ear, says I.

Willy Wonka Balls on Nov 23, 2010


Thank all that is good in this world for that

Johnny Heartless on Nov 23, 2010


It can't rain all the time...

Dresden on Nov 23, 2010


Kieren Culkin

Jazz on Nov 23, 2010


this is only possible with Kurt Russell.

Astroboy3000 on Nov 23, 2010


well thank god for that

DoomCanoe on Nov 23, 2010


You said it, #7.

golden ticket on Nov 24, 2010


Damn I misread the title of the article, I thought that it said "Mark Wahlberg Will Not Be Starring in anything ever again" I was really happy there for a second. But yeah leave the crow alone!

Jimmy Love on Nov 24, 2010


Bring back Eric Mabius, he was great.

Fisherr on Nov 24, 2010


Amen to no walberg and to #7, well said...leave The Crow alone already, let Brandon's incredible piece of work stand the test of time, just as you would Ledger's Joker. Please....

Adam on Nov 24, 2010


Hope they check the blanks this time round.

Lebowski on Dec 4, 2010


Anyone seen the IMDB rumour? Ethan Peck cast as Eric Draven..... who is this dude? never heard of him. Is he a good actor?

Dan3659 on Dec 5, 2010


F**ing Hollywood with its chronic remake-itis, leave the movie alone!

Dimitris on Feb 10, 2011

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