Original ‘The Crow’ Director Alex Proyas Calls Planned Remake ‘Ridiculous’

By Josh Wigler

Back in December, it was announced that Stephen Norrington would direct a remake of “The Crow,” the 1994 cult film based on James O’Barr’s classic graphic novel. While there are those clamoring for the gothic hero to grace the screen again, many are flabbergasted at the notion of retreading on Brandon Lee’s final film.

Joining the list of the shocked, awed and repulsed is Alex Proyas, director of the original “Crow” and the newly released “Knowing.” Proyas told Digital Spy, “The whole notion of remaking [’The Crow’], to me, is just ridiculous and I’d have nothing to do with it, as I’ve had nothing to do with any of the sequels or the TV show or any of that stuff.”

“That’s other people involved with that and I wouldn’t even dream of remaking the movie,” he continued. “Because as far as I’m concerned, that’s Brandon Lee’s movie and that’s why I finished the movie — in memory of Brandon. That’s the only reason I finished it actually.”

Brandon Lee, the son of famed martial artist Bruce Lee, was accidentally killed during the shooting of a scene in “The Crow.” A blank bullet struck and killed the actor during a scene in which Lee’s supernatural character is being targeted by gunfire.

While there have been many other versions of “The Crow” since — including one starring “Terminator’s” Edward Furlong — Lee’s character of Eric Draven has been mostly left untouched. Mark Dacascos portrayed the character in the short-lived “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven” television series, and now the actor spends his days judging cooking competitions on “Iron Chef: America.” Perhaps, as Proyas suggests, it’s best to let sleeping dogs — or birds — lie.

Would you enjoy a remake of “The Crow,” or would you prefer that Lee’s final performance remains the definitive version of Eric Draven? Let us know in the comments section.