Relativity Set to Remake ‘The Crow;’ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Direct

The “28 Weeks Later” director will oversee the remake of the 1994 film, which was as well known for the tragic onset death of Brandon Lee as it was for its box office success

Relativity Media is remaking the 1994 hit "The Crow," with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing, the studio announced Thursday.

Fresnadillo is the Spaniard who wrote and directed 2007's creepy  "28 Weeks Later."

The studio hasn't hired a writer.

Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Apaches’ Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza are producing.

While it grossed an impressive-for-its-day $50.7 million at the domestic box offie, Miramax's original "Crow" is best known for the tragic onset death of Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The younger Lee died after a prop gun malfunctioned.

Here's the studio's announcement:

Relativity and Edward R. Pressman Sign Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Direct The Crow

Production Start Targeted for Fall 2011

(Beverly Hills, CA) April 7, 2011 – Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley and Edward R. Pressman, the prolific producer behind The Crow franchise, announced today they have closed a deal for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) to direct a re-invention of The Crow, the 1994 smash hit film based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr.  Relativity and Pressman will be teaming with Spain-based Apaches Entertainment on the production which is targeted to start in Fall 2011.

Fresnadillo is best known for directing 28 Weeks Later, the post-apocalyptic horror sequel to 28 Days Later, which he co-wrote and produced with long-time producing partner, Apaches Entertainment’s Enrique López  Lavigne. Fresnadillo also directed the critically-acclaimed Spanish-language film Intacto and is currently in post-production on Intruders starring Clive Owen, also being produced by Apaches Entertainment.

Fresnadillo will collaboratively develop the script once a writer is attached to adapt the screenplay. Casting has not yet been announced.

The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Apaches’ Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza.  Relativity’s Tooley (The Fighter) will serve as executive producer. José Ibáñez, Pressman Film Corporation’s Jon Katz, and Apaches’ Jesús de la Vega will serve as co-producers.

The Crow adaptation will be a reboot of the iconic cult character Eric Draven, who’s resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter, as first envisioned by graphic novelist James O’Barr.

“Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is an incredibly talented and imaginative filmmaker,” said Tooley. “We are thrilled to have him at the helm and are excited to work with both Pressman and Apaches on what we all believe will be a compelling and innovative reimagining of The Crow.”

Producer Edward R. Pressman remarks, "The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience."

Relativity recently had Golden Globe®-winner and seven-time Oscar®-nomineeThe Fighter in theatres, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as well as Golden Globe®-winner and eight-time Oscar®-nominee The Social Network via its partnership with Sony Pictures. Looking ahead, Relativity is releasing the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11th, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio recently announced its production of Snow White, starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, and Lily Collins as Snow White, beginning production in June.

UTA represented Fresnadillo and Apaches Entertainment on the deal with Patrick Knapp of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP and Katz brokering for Pressman Film Corp.