Scheduling conflicts have led Limitless star Bradley Cooper to abandon The Crow, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s “reinvention” of the 1994 box-office hit.
However, Heat Vision reports that Relativity Media already has its eye on two potential replacements to step into the role of the young rocker turned supernatural vigilante. One is Mark Wahlberg, who was offered the part last fall and signed on to the comic-book adaptation 2 Guns just last week. The other is Channing Tatum, who begins shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation later this month.
Based on the 1989 comic by James O’Barr, The Crow centers on a young musician who’s killed while trying save his fiancee from street thugs, only to be resurrected by supernatural forces. He seeks vengeance against his murderers, methodically stalking the thugs and killing them. The original adaptation, released by Miramax, was a critical and commercial success that achieved cult status, in part, because of the on-set death of star Brandon Lee. It spawned three movie sequels and a short-lived television series.
Writer-musician Nick Cave (The Proposition, The Wettest County in the World) penned the most recent draft of the script, but Relativity signaled in April that it would bring in a new screenwriter to work with Fresnadillo.