‘The Crow’ remake starring Luke Evans lands new director

Remake of the cult classic from 1994 is due to start shooting next spring

The forthcoming remake of The Crow starring Luke Evans has landed a new director.

Cult Spanish filmmaker F Javier Gutierrez had been attached to direct the remake, but is now unavailable after signing up to direct the next instalment in The Ring franchise. According to Deadline, he has been replaced behind the camera by up-and-coming British director Corin Hardy, who was apparently recommended to the remake’s producers by Shaun Of The Dead director Edgar Wright.

Hardy’s feature film debut, The Hallow, is set for release next year, and he is also known for directing music videos by artists including Biffy Clyro, The Horrors, Paolo Nutini, The Prodigy and Ed Sheeran.

The original 1994 film The Crow starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, a murdered rock star who is brought back to life by a supernatural bird – “the crow” – so that he can avenge his own murder and that of his fiancée. The film was based on an acclaimed 1989 comic book of the same name.

Lee was tragically killed during an accidental shooting on the film’s set, but The Crow went on to become a hit at the box office and spawned three sequels without him, the most recent coming in 2005.

A remake has been in the works since 2011, with Bradley Cooper and James McAvoy both linked to the role of Eric Draven before Evans – soon to be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armiespocketed the part in May 2013.