Director set for Relativity re-imagining

Relativity Media and Apaches Entertainment are ready to resurrect “The Crow,” as “28 Weeks Later” helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has closed a deal to direct the studio’s re-invention of the 1994 action cult classic.

Though no talent is attached yet, Relativity is looking to put “The Crow” into production this fall. Fresnadillo will collaboratively develop the screenplay once a writer is attached to adapt the script from James O’Barr’s comicbook series, which has sold more than a quarter-million copies worldwide.

Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kava-naugh will produce along with original “Crow” producers Edward R. Pressman and Jeff Most, as well as Apaches Entertainment’s Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Belen Atienza. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley will exec produce, while co-producers include Pressman Film Corp.’s Jon Katz and Apaches’ Jesus de la Vega, as well as Jose Ibanez.

“Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is an incredibly talented and imaginative filmmaker,” Tooley said. “We are thrilled to have him at the helm and are excited to work with both Pressman and Apaches on what we all believe will be a compelling and innovative reimagining of ‘The Crow.’ ”

Reboot will again follow cult hero Eric Draven, who is resurrected as the Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter.

“The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself,” Pressman said. “With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience.”

The original, which grossed $51 million stateside, starred Brandon Lee, who was killed in an accident during filming. Pic was subsequently dedicated to his memory, as well as his fiancee Eliza Hutton. It spawned three sequels that respectively starred Vincent Perez, Eric Mabius and Edward Furlong, along with a TV series toplined by Mark Dacascos.

Fresnadillo recently presented the first trailer for his psychological thriller “Intruders,” which stars Clive Owen and was produced by Apaches. Story concerns an 11-year-old girl who is forced to confront childhood demons.

Helmer received an Oscar nom in 1997 for directing the live-action short film “Linked” (“Esposados”), and his zombie sequel “28 Weeks Later” grossed nearly $65 million worldwide in addition to posting strong sales on homevid.

Fresnadillo and Apaches Entertainment are repped by UTA, while Patrick Knapp of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP and Katz brokered for Pressman Film Corp.

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