"The Crow" remake will not be fit for children. According to "Rings" director F. Javier Gutiérrez, who will serve as executive producer on "The Crow," the remake will have an R-rating.
"With 'The Crow,' I haven’t talked to them in a while so I don’t know what is going on with that, but we are going to do an R-rated movie. I come from Europe, I’m very dark so I’m going to go for it. If any movie has to be R-rated then it’s The Crow," he told Forbes.
Gutiérrez also revealed that the rating is how he got "The Crow" creator James O'Barr interested in the project. "[H]e said that if R-rated is the way that I wanted to go, he's in," Gutiérrez said. "Even though I'm not directing it now, when I was going to be doing that I explained to the producers that they had to read and understand the comic book and not make the film a PG-13 version because it would make no sense. Some movies are for young people, I get it and maybe you can do it, but this movie is not necessarily for those young people and toning it down would give you a ghost of what 'The Crow' should be."
The long-gestating reboot of “The Crow” has taken a while to get off the ground, thanks in part to Relativity Media’s bankruptcy delaying production. Producer Dana Brunetti (“The Social Network”) was brought in to help “steer” the company creatively as it recuperated from the financial loss.
The original 1994 “The Crow,” starring Brandon Lee in his final film role, is based on James O’Barr’s acclaimed indie comic of the same name. The story follows the resurrected Eric Draven who, with the help of a mystical bird, sets off to avenge his murdered fiance by tracking down her killers.
“The Crow” reboot doesn’t yet have a release date.