Comic creator James O’Barr discusses The Crow reboot

Exclusive: “It was the director’s idea to go right back to the source material…”

Total Film magazine issue 210 is the ultimate comic-book movie preview, featuring a roster of amazing exclusives and full Comic-Con 2013 coverage.

Inside the issue, we chat with James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, about the upcoming reboot starring Luke Evans.

You can read the full feature inside the issue, which is available for only £1.99 on your iPad, but here’s an excerpt for you right now…

O’Barr admits he was persuaded to jump on board by the film’s Spanish director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, making his English-language debut following 2008’s acclaimed Before The Fall.

“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters,” O’Barr told us.

“He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”

On the new film’s casting, O’Barr added:

“The producers showed me some shots of [Luke Evans] in the make-up and the tragedy really shows on his face, especially his eyes. He has a really commanding screen presence.”

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Are you looking forward to seeing another take on The Crow? Tell us below…


    • FBMHobbs

      Aug 3rd 2013, 11:32

      It was his idea to go right back to the source material.....translation.....we could think of an original idea, so we looked around for something that was done a while ago and thought...let's just do that again.....Yawn another "reboot"...yawn another superhero movie (NEVER thought i would say that!) Hollywood is s**t...official

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    • richardherpees

      Aug 3rd 2013, 12:37

      i don't necessarily have a problem with making another crow movie, what i don't get is why tell the eric draven story AGAIN? look at the ongoing comics and novels, there are as many directions that you can take the crow in as there are unjust ways a human can die. it doesn't need to even be connected to the original story in any way apart from metaphysically.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Aug 3rd 2013, 16:10

      Agreed richard. There have been plenty of comics, and novels, that could be drawn from. The only problem is they'd get compared to the original anyway. Look at all the sequels. Only the 3rd film was half way decent. The rest were dire. There was one book I always remember, where the lead was female and she died in a terrorist explosion that wiped out a creche full of kids. That story was brutal, and if done right, could have made an amazing Crow installment.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 3rd 2013, 16:43

      I would hardly call The Crow a superhero movie. I am not a fan of reboots but in this case I don't mind so much, The Crow was 19 years ago.

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    • paulrude

      Aug 20th 2013, 4:07

      No one here has obviously read the graphic novel. Not even the aforementioned Brandon Lee film was true to it's source. It was an action flick, a way to make some cash off of a little known property. If this is being done as the book entails, it would be more in line with a drama like Road to Perdition. Stop saying "original story" if you don't even know the true original story. Pick up the damn novel before making snappy judgement. James O' Barr's The Crow was a love letter, an ode to someone violently taken from him. The book had more deep imagery and soul than the old film. Much respect to Brandon Lee for his love of the book, but Hollywood ruined a good story. It's about time someone do it some justice.

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