A new adaptation of supernatural comic book series The Crow is set to go before cameras later this spring after being stuck in development for more than a decade, and it will shoot in the Czech Republic and Germany according to preliminary reports.
Bill Skarsgård, who memorably portrayed Pennywise the clown in the Stephen King adaptations It and It Chapter Two, will star in the lead role of Eric Draven, a murdered musician who rises from the grave to exact revenge for the deaths of himself and his fiancée.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) will direct The Crow, from a screenplay by Zach Baylin, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his King Richard script.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is currently “well into pre-production” in Prague, with the shoot scheduled to begin in June. In addition to the Czech capital, The Crow will also shoot in Munich in neighboring Germany.
Prague locations to be utilized for The Crow are not yet known, and the Czech capital may or may not play itself. Previous adaptations of The Crow have been set in Detroit, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and other North American locales.
The 1994 version of The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas, was well-received but left an unfortunate legacy as the final film of star Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed during an on-set accident. The circumstances of Lee’s death were echoed last year when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of the movie Rust, which has suspended production.
According to Deadline, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter FKA Twigs will star alongside Skarsgård in The Crow. Additional members of the cast have yet to be announced.
“The Crow is beautiful, dark, poetic and sometimes disturbing,” director Sanders stated through a press release.
“It is a story of love, loss, grief and revenge. It is a great honor to revisit James O’Barr’s iconic comic and reimagine The Crow as a foreboding voice of today.”
Over the past decade, directors such as Stephen Norrington, F. Javier Gutiérrez, and Corin Hardy have been attached to The Crow reboot, along with actors including Luke Evans and Jason Momoa.
Edward R. Pressman, Malcolm Gray, Victor Hadida, Molly Hassell, and John Jencks serve as producers on the new version of The Crow, which has a reported budget in the range of $50 million (1.1 billion crowns).
Lead photo: Bill Skarsgård in Hemlock Grove, Brandon Lee in The Crow (1994).