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Oct152011

Remake of 'The Crow' loses another director

"There ain’t no coming back!" That frantically repeated line from The Crow (1994) might just running through the minds of those working to remake Brandon Lee’s swan song. (The son of Bruce Lee was killed on set the set of the movie in 1993.) The remake is scheduled to be released in 2013, but has already lost its second director, and still has no star.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was attached to The Crow since early 2011, but has now officially dropped out as director, reports Twitch. Fresnadillo was hired last month to direct the remake of Highlander, to be released in 2012, and scheduling conflicts are suspected to be the reason behind his departure. Currently, it is rumored on several fan sites that F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) will be the third man to settle into the director’s chair.

Co-writer/director Stephen Norrington left the project last October after an "unnamed actor" requested a complete rewrite of the script. Before he left, Mark Wahlberg was in talks of starring as Eric Draven, but pulled out of the running shortly after Norrington, and implied that the Blade director leaving played a part in that decision.

Directors aren’t the only ones coming and going. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) was forced to pass on the starring role due to a scheduling conflict, and sights are now set on Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and, again, Mark Wahlberg is on the short list.

With both cast and crew dropping like flies, it seems reminiscent of The Crow itself. In the film, Eric Draven returns from the dead to pick off those who did him wrong, one by one. Eerily similar...

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