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James O’Barr Explains ‘The Crow’ Is An Adaptation of His Comic, Not a Remake

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James O’Barr Explains ‘The Crow’ Is An Adaptation of His Comic, Not a Remake

Following last week’s news that the long-troubled reboot of The Crow appears to be back on track, an interview has surfaced in which creator James O’Barr provides a thorough update of F. Javier Gutiérrez’s film.

“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book,” O’Barr tells Sean C.W. Korsgaard. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.”

Before signing on O’Barr was as leery of another Crow film as many of his fans. “No one was more against a remake than I was. While I own the rights to the comics and the characters, the studios owned the film rights, so all those god-awful sequels they made, I got paid for them, but I never wanted anything to do with them. It was the same way initially with the production on this remake – I’m sure you know a lot of the early rumors from a few years back, it looked like a fiasco. Fans were angry, rightfully so in my opinion, and so was I.”

O’Barr explains that he drove around with Gutiérrez, who flew in from Spain, in an attempt to dissuade him from making the film. “I told him all of this, he listened to every word, and then he told me ‘I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation,'” the artist recalls. “That’s what changed by mind, that it’s not a remake of the original film, or cashing in on the cult status of Brandon Lee, it’s that Guiterrez wants to go back to the source material, which if you’ve read the book and seen the film, while the movie has the right feel and the right flavor of the book, probably only 40% of the book made it into the movie.”

Star Luke Evans did somethings similar, which helped to get O’Barr on board. He adds that the character in the comic was named simply Eric, not Eric Draven, as in the 1994 film. “Luke Evens may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven,” O’Barr says.

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