There has been many attempts to get The Crow reboot off the ground. The reboot has not only gone through many actors, but also many directors. Now, Sony Entertainment Studios has everything set up to move forward with the reboot. While some people may not see this as a big deal with tons of franchises getting rebooted or remade, Alex Proyas, the director of the 1994 adaptation has spoken out against it saying that Brandon Lee has given his life in this role. He wants this role to belong to deceased star. However, there have been plenty of reboots that have gone forward including those where the star of a previous incarnation has died. One example is the Joker who was played by Heath Ledger who had died shortly after filming.
The Crow was a hit when it came out. Brandon Lee has given a really memorable performance as Eric Draven. Even though the film was a really faithful adaptation, there are plenty of differences between the film and the original comics. Also, there were plenty of scenes that were cut that would’ve given more insight to certain plot points in the film. However, the film has hinted at the plot points.
The original movie has spawned numerous sequels and a TV series. Before attempting to reboot the franchise, Rob Zombie had an idea for an installment that took place in 2037. There were also other ideas pitched around for a Crow movie featuring DMX called Lazarus. In total, there have been 4 feature films in the franchise. Only two of them were released in theaters. The Crow: City of Angels was considered a disaster. However, this is likely because of issues in the editing process. An earlier cut of the film was finished that would’ve bumped the quality up to almost the level of the first film.