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The Crow set to fly again with new director officially attached

As a reformed, part-time mall goth, the news that Hollywood has officially tapped a director to helm a "re-invention" of the classic 1994 Brandon Lee-starring revenge flick The Crow has my ripped fishnets all in a twist.

The original Alex Proyas film has, of course, a dark spot looming overhead that has nothing to do with the decor. Bruce Lee's hunk of son met a tragic ending thanks to a gun fight scene mishap and died on-set, leaving the original film part untouched time capsule, part bad luck omen.

Though a remake of the James O'Barr's black and white indie comic strip has been whispered about since 2007 with everyone from Gore Verbinski to Mark Wahlberg attached, Relativity Media announced that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the man behind 28 Weeks Later, will be helming The Crow revamp, after he's done with post-production duties on the upcoming thriller Intruders, starring Clive Owen.

Interestingly enough, Nick Cave, of The Bad Seeds and The Proposition fame, wrote the film's most recent draft, although the studio will be bringing in another writer to pen a version with Fresnadillo.

Producer Edward R. Pressman had this to say about the project and the director: "The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience."

You may remember that the original soundtrack featured standout singles by the likes of The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Violent Femmes, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rollins Band and naturally, Nine Inch Nails.

Your move, Fresnadillo.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Bradley Cooper, star of Limitless and the upcoming big summer sequel The Hangover II, is in early negotiations to take on the lead role in the remake. While this seems like an odd choice, dude is neither mysterious nor rock and roll enough, apparently he and the director met to talk about the character and the remake and he's keen to sign on. Stay tuned. --

What do you think? Is it time for a new version of The Crow?

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