Creator of Spawn and Director of New The Crow Have News on Their Respective Properties.

Image Copyright McFarlane 1992/Miramax Films 1994

Are you ready for two movie remakes that have been in the pipeline for what feels like forever, and which have different levels of being ready, should they ever find their way out of developmental purgatory?

Well, read on for more, dear reader.

Firstly, a remake that is nowhere near hitting the screens; The Crow.

Whilst this movie has floated in the ether since who knows when, it has at least got a director attached to it, F. Javier Gutiérrez, of Rings fame.

Javier has announced recently how he wants The Crow to be an R-Rated movie (the equivalent of an 18 in Britain).

Javier mentioned to Forbes how because he “comes from Europe” and because he’s “very dark”, he’s “going to go for it” and that “if any movie has to be R-rated then it’s the Crow.”

Apparently, this certification is how Javier got the Crow’s creator James O’Barr onboard, as O’Barr commented saying if R-rated was the way Javier wanted to go, then he’s in.

The original movie was released in 1994 and is infamously the last movie featuring Brandon Lee, and both are based off of the comic series of the same name by James O’Barr.

The story follows the resurrected Eric Draven who sets off to avenge his murdered wife by tracking down her killers using some help from a mystical bird.

No news on the release date as of yet, though it is apparently set to begin production later this year.

From one comic book movie remake to another now, as Todd McFarlane, the co-founder of Image Comics, has big news for fans of Spawn.

Courtesy of a LIVE YouTube video, McFarlane announced to the world that he has finished a rough draft of the script for the movie remake.

That’s the extent of the good news, however, as, in McFarlane’s own words, Hollywood like scripts to be about 120 pages in length, whereas his currently stands at 136, which is better than the 182 he did have at one stage.

Added to that, McFarlane announced how he hasn’t “officially tried to sell it to anyone in Hollywood”, but he has had 14 enquiries about it.

McFarlane mentioned how probably before the San Diego Comic-Con, he will have a “big announcement as to when, where, how, and why this thing is going to continue to get more momentum.”

The original movie, released in 1997, starred Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo and was received negatively by critics holding a lowly 18% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Based off of the Spawn comic series, which debuted in 1992, the narrative follows Albert Francis Simmons, a CIA operative who gets recruited into a shadowy world full of covert operations and black-ops.

Simmons is murdered by one of his teammates on a mission and finds himself in Hell due to his murderous life.

However, whilst in Hell, Simmons is contracted by the demonic Malebolgia and recruited to become a member of the Hellspawn, foot soldiers of Hades.

The Hellspawn are infused with dark energy called necroplasm and clad in symbiotic armour before being sent back to Earth where they can live until their energy resources are depleted and they must return to Hell to serve in Malebolgia’s army.

Again, no release date yet, but expect to hear something about at least Spawn before the San Diego Comic-Con later this year.

-James, 21/06/17

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