Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. is making its first foray into TV in a partnership with Polygram TV on a syndie drama based on “The Crow” features.

“The Crow — Stairway to Heaven” will be co-produced by Toronto-based Alliance Communications for a fall 1998 syndie bow. The TV spinoff is described as “Touched by an Angel” meets “The Equalizer,” but with a lighter tone than Pressman’s distinctly dark 1994 feature and its 1996 sequel, “The Crow: City of Angels.”

Made for TV

“The Crow,” adapted from the comic book by James O’Barr, lends itself to episodic TV, Pressman said in announcing the deal. Pressman’s other producing credits include the films “Reversal of Fortune,” “Wall Street,” “Talk Radio” and “Badlands.”

“We’ve always known that the myth of ‘The Crow’ was so intriguing and well-written that a number of different stories could be told,” Pressman said. A third theatrical release, “The Crow, 2037,” also is in the works.

The TV series will pick up where the first film left off. After an up-and-coming rocker, Eric Draven, and his wife are murdered, Draven is left to roam the earth, searching for vengeance and a means of reuniting with his love, i.e. a stairway to heaven. Guided by the spirit of his dead wife, Draven also finds the time to right wrongs and otherwise fight for “those who cannot fight for themselves.”

Rock-driven

Like the features, the TV series will be fueled by a hard rock soundtrack. “Internally, we’ve taken to calling this project ‘Rocked by an Angel,” Polygram TV prexy Bob Sanitsky said. “We want it to be an action series with a heart, one that touches a spiritual chord with the audience.”

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