Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has left Relativity Media’s in development reboot of The Crow franchise. No cause was given for his departure, but the 28 Weeks Later director is scheduled to start work on Summit’s Highlander remake in the spring, so it is possible that he wants to concentrate his energies on that project going forward.
The original 1996 film directed by Alex proyas adapted James O’Barr’s indie comic about a murdered musician who comes back from the dead to avenge the deaths of himself and his fiancé. It spun off two sequels and a short-lived syndicated television series. At one point Rob Zombie had been developing a third sequel.
Before Fresnadillo was attached to the film, Stephen Norrington was set to direct from a script by Nick Cave. Bradley Cooper was briefly tapped to play the lead but dropped out to head to Australia to star in Proyas’s Paradise Lost. Most recently Alex Tse (The Watchmen) had handed in a draft of the screenplay, though at this time it remains to be seen if whoever next takes over the director’s chair will retain it or bring a new writer onto the project.