Moving from Brandon Lee to Mark Wahlberg seems like a weird stretch of the imagination for the folks behind The Crow. According to Bloody Disgusting, the Oscar nominated actor has been offered the title role in the long awaited reboot. The project has been in development for a while and is currently being produced by Relativity Media, who sent out the offer to Wahlberg.
The Crow debuted in theaters 16 years ago in 1994, and starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, a rock musician who is murdered trying to rescue his girlfriend from thugs, and returns from the dead one year later to exact vengeance. It was a star-making role for Lee who unfortunately died during its production in 1993.
Ever since then many have tried and failed at reinventing the role and the cult status that comes with it. There have been multiple straight do DVD sequels in The Crow franchise, but the reboot will disregard those and start from scratch.
Back in June, producer Edward Pressman revealed that a major actor would be offered the lead in the film but at the time he wouldn’t reveal a name. Who knew Mark Wahlberg was the man in question? He also said that the script was complete and it was set in the southwest — the Mexico/Arizona area — and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh. He said, “Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern America, and then back.”
The Crow will be directed by Stephen Norrington, but there’s no word on whether or not Wahlberg will take the role. We hope he doesn’t because he wore enough eye liner in Rock Star to last him an entire life time.
Could you see Walhberg as Eric Draven? Who should they cast?