The Raven – Alex Proyas’ 82% is a great film of its time that, unfortunately, is best known in world cinema history for the tragic death of Brandon Lee. But it’s really important to look beyond that terrible event to judge the adaptation for everything it is and everything it brought to the genre. After several years in limbo and having many false starts, the remake of this film is ready and everything indicates that the production company has big plans to make a new cinematographic universe.
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‘The Raven’ is a unique revenge story
The Raven is a comic book series written by James O’Barr that tells the story of a man named Eric Draven who returns from the dead to exact revenge for his murder. In the original story, Eric and his fiancee Shelly are attacked by a gang of criminals when their car breaks down halfway along the road. The young man receives a shot in the head that paralyzes him but does not kill him immediately, so he witnesses the atrocities that the criminals do to his partner, whom they finally finish off with a shot.
Already in the emergency room, Eric also dies, but a year later a crow revives him and gives him the opportunity to search for the men who took the love of his life from him. Since he is already dead, he is invulnerable to bullets, knives, and other weapons that his victims intend to use, whom he closely watches and torments to carry out his revenge. The comic became a huge bestseller that once again demonstrated the power of independent graphic novels, and it wasn’t long before a production company sought to work on an adaptation that was generally quite faithful to the story.
The Raven It was released in 1994 after production was paralyzed due to the sad accident that took the life of the lead actor. In order to finish the job, Lee’s stunt double, Chad Stahelski, best known today for directing Another Day to Kill – 85% and its aftermath, he covered his role for the rest of the filming. Despite this tragedy, the final cut was very good and the film had a great boost at the box office, also becoming a cult title almost immediately that resulted in a couple of sequels that did not reach the same strength as this first installment.
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Since 2008, plans were announced to work on a remake of The Raven, but it took a long time for the production to find its right elements. In addition to constantly changing directors and screenwriters, the lead role also passed through several hands, including those of Jason Momoa, who was a fan favorite. Finally, last year it was confirmed that Bill Skarsgård, best known for It – 85% and Barbarian – 90%, I would play Eric Draven with FKA Twigs Like Shelly. On this occasion, things turned out well and filming went off without a hitch or incident.
The remake of ‘The Crow’ could launch a new cinematographic universe
Now that the remake directed by Rupert Sanders has found a distributor, it seems that the team behind the project is already thinking about the future. In interview with deadlinethe producer Sam Pressman He assured that the film may well mark the beginning of a very special franchise:
El Cuervo has been a central and very integral part of our company and I am very proud of the progress and work that has been done. I think the movie will just blow people away. Our partners want to approach it in a very 360 way, whether it’s video games, an animated series or a universe, but it has this cosmic legacy that can expand beyond a single story.
We’re finally at a point where we can really explore those other avenues because it’s a unique property in the sense that it’s not a studio movie, it’s not a Marvel movie, it’s kind of an anti-Marvel movie. I have high hopes for that and I really love what Molly Hassell has done to push it uphill and Rupert Sanders is such a visionary.
The film finished filming almost a year ago, but it still does not have a confirmed release date, although it is expected for 2024 with the possibility of taking it to the season’s festival circuit.
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