It was announced today via Variety that Boardwalk Empire and member of the Huston acting dynasty — Jack Huston has left the upcoming remake/reboot of James O’Barr’s The Crow.
The picture which is currently in development at Relativity Studios has already seen a host of actors bail on talks for the role, previous to Jack Huston taking the part it had been cast with Luke Evans very publicly only for him to leave the part, which led to Huston taking over, this was after initial reports the project was eyeing a number of actors most notably Tom Hiddleston.
The film series has had a troubled past after the success of the original — Alex Proyas 1994 version — which had Brandon Lee’s breakout (and tragically last ever) starring role, the film series carried on with a number of unsuccessful sequels. The worst of which would arguably be the limited release of The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) which starred Edward Furlong as the resurrected avatar of The Crow. This was just one of three unsuccessful attempts to carry on the series, four if you include The Crow: Stairway To Heaven — a Canadian produced TV series which was widely aired on the Sci-Fi channel.
The reboots director, Corin Hardy is quoted as saying in a release;
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow…”
Further adding; “The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Whilst the director did take the time to say they want to get this right, it is hard to think that this production isn’t gaining the traction it was expected to make. To borrow a cliché “once bitten, twice shy” except in this case we are far past being twice shy.
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Gary Kane aka (GK)
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