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James O'Barr joins reboot of 'The Crow'

Creator of the 1989 graphic novel will be consultant on new film

James O'Barr has joined the production of The Crow reboot, which will start filming early next year.

O'Barr is the creator of the original graphic novel, on which the 1994 film was based. He will be a consultant on the new version of the film. Luke Evans (The Immortals, The Three Musketeers) will star in the film which will be directed by F Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall). O'Barr's graphic novel has been adapted for the big screen by Cliff Dorfman.

According to Variety, O'Barr and Gutierrez have been scheduled to appear at Comic-Con in San Diego to discuss the film and meet fans. The original story saw a musician, murdered along with his fiancé, revived from the dead to avenge their deaths.

Brandon Lee, who played the titular hero, was accidentally killed during filming when an on-set mix-up occurred between blank and real ammunition. He died after being rushed to hospital and undergoing a six-hour operation to try to save him. The film ended up taking more than £70million worldwide.

In a statement, O'Barr said: "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. 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."

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