Luke Evans talks about starring in The Crow reboot

News Glen Chapman 10 Jan 2014 - 06:19

The star of The Crow reboot, Luke Evans, has been chatting about the forthcoming film, and here's what he had to say...

With his recent role in The Desolation Of Smaug under his belt, Luke Evans is an actor whose profile is on the rise. He's put in solid work for years, but a number of the roles that he has in the pipeline could propel him to household name status - which is deserved, after he gleefully unleashed a military tank on innocent road users as the villain in Fast & Furious 6 last year.

One such name-making project is the reboot of The Crow, though many will take a negative attitude to it, given that it's another remake or reboot of a beloved property. But like RoboCop, it's also a reboot of a beloved property that has spawned a number of, shall we say, sub-par sequels, and a new take on the film is hardly going to damage opinion of the original any more than the sequels that came before it.

Evans has been chatting about the film recently, and here's what he had to say.

“Well, we just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and [that] means the story will be different. It'll be different from what people are expecting. It's not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie - that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we're going back to the book, the original book. And that's exciting, because we're bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. So yeah, it's our chance to do it, to do it differently, but be as loyal and respectful to the original storyline as we possibly can.”

It certainly sounds positive. Evans clearly knows the original and what it means to people, which is a good sign. The hardened cynics among you, however, may point out that the 'going back to the original source' line was trotted out by Spike Lee in relation to the OldBoy remake, and that wasn't exactly a hit.

Evans concluded by addressing the makeup and whether or not he will be wearing it.

“It'll be interesting, won't it, to do that? I don't know how it will feel, I've yet to think about that too much. I'm just preparing, it's all very physical at the moment.”

No release date has been set for The Crow however production is expected to begin this year.

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Looking forward with Interest to this as the original book differs alot from the classic Brandon Lee film we all already know and, mostly, love. Whether Luke Evans can pull it off remains to be seen.

... this is the one remake I never wanted too, and I still wished it will never happen, but if they do it I hope everybody involved give it their best

if its going back to the book this should not be a pg12 !! and if it gets a true adaptaion of the comic book with the honest degree of violence and metaphor i will go see it

PG bleeeeh!

Alex Proyas said he finished his film to honour the wishes of the Lee family, and everything else made since carrying the Crow title is exploitation for profit. With a 12A in mind, it would seem this remake is no different. Some will say the pool of comic book creations has been bled dry, but we're far from exhausting them yet. If they can just make some decent films that aren't afraid of the certificate, advertise the damn thing, avoid a Dredd scenario however possible, then we might get some really great stuff instead of treading luke warm water.

I'm glad to see Evans is passionate about it, as he's a great actor (his Bard was one of the standouts of TDoS), and he obviously respects the original movie and Brandon Lee a hell of a lot. That said, I still disagree with the need for a remake, especially a PG-13 one. If you want to be close to the book, well, read the book. We simply don't need another adaptation of it, given how iconic the original is (it's also one of my favourite comic book movies of all time).

There's tons of comic books out there that tell gritty, mature-rated stories that deserve to be adapted. Books like The Boys, Preacher, Y: The Last Man, 100 Bullets, The Umbrella Academy (because Dallas, holy crap), Hack/Slash and many others.

I don't really want to see a remake of The Crow but it would have to work very hard to really damage The Crow name. I mean can anything be possibly worse than that Crow film with Edward Furlong?

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