Despite the fact that virtually everything about the 1994 cult classic The Crow screams “the ’90s!,” from its predilection for melodramatic bleary-eyed grunge (and the Violent Femmes, just for good measure) to its insistence that leather jackets are cool, The Crow—like its eminently unlucky protagonist—refuses to die.
F. Javier Gutierrez was originally attached to direct a new reboot of the feature, but he departed to direct the next installment of another long dormant franchise that appeals to goths: The Ring. Deadline now reports that relative newcomer Corin Hardy has been tapped to replace Gutierrez on the remake. Hardy won’t release his first film, The Hallow (about an Irish family fighting woodland demons) until next year, but he has already built an esteemed career as a short film and music video director (including a Prodigy video, who are bafflingly not featured on the original Crow soundtrack). It helps that Hardy comes with high praise from one of the biggest figures of geek royalty—Edgar Wright—who recommended Hardy for the job.
Luke Evans is still on board to star as said Crow. It’s unclear how close it will cleave to the original, but hopefully it can focus on The Crow’s origin story as a health goth.
The film is still slated to start production this spring, complete with a script by Cliff Dorfman.