James O’Barr Gets Involved With THE CROW Remake

But can he steer this boat in an original direction?

In an effort to get fans behind their remake of The Crow, Relativity Media has hired James O'Barr, creator of the character/face-paint concept, to act as a Creative Consultant for the new adaptation to be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and star Luke Evans.

This is probably a wise decision because The Crow as a franchise has a particular weakness for not really justifying its own existence. The first one became famous for its cool look and infamous for killing star Brandon Lee. The rest have all been basically remakes of the original story. With O'Barr on board, this one at least has a chance of looking mildly legit.

Unfortunately, it means very little as far as the film's quality is concerned. Even O'Barr's comics exhausted this whole Crow set-up and mythology with amazing speed. There's just not much you can do with it. Guy dies. Guy comes back as a mime. Guy kills everyone who killed him. Guy finally dies for real. Sometimes the guy is a girl. I'm not sure what James O'Barr will do to save the film from falling into the same tired template he invented.

The Crow is set to begin shooing early next year.