James O’Barr, creator of the original “The Crow” graphic novel, has come on board as a consultant on Relativity Media’s upcoming reboot of the film.
Luke Evans is starring with F. Javier Gutierrez directing the adaptation written by Cliff Dorfman. Shooting is set to begin in early 2014.
Relativity also announced that O’Barr and Gutierrez have been scheduled to appear at Comic-Con in San Diego to discuss the film and meet with fans.
The original 1994 movie was based on O’Barr’s story of a musician revived from the dead to avenge the murders of himself and his fiancee. The star, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed during filming; the film grossed more than $140 million worldwide.
“It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself,” said O’Barr in a statement. “I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”
The film is being produced by Ed Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Most. Exec producers include Relativity’s president Tucker Tooley, The Weinstein Co.’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Farah Films’ Dan Farah.
Relativity’s announcement is also its official confirmation of Evans’ attachment. He is represented by WME.