Directed By Rupert Sanders, The Film Also Stars FKA twigs and Danny Huston
Lionsgate is set to fly with US rights on the modern reimagining of “The Crow” starring Bill Skarsgård (“John Wick: Chapter 4,” “It” franchise), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter FKA twigs (“Honeyboy”), and Danny Huston (“Succession”) in leading roles and directed by Rupert Sanders, it was announced today by Charlotte Koh, Executive VP, Lionsgate Acquisitions and Co-Productions, along with the film’s producers.
Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Foundation”) directed the revenge thriller written by Academy Award nominee Zach Baylin (“Creed III,” “King Richard”) and Will Schneider. The film is based on the graphic novel of the iconic character created, written, and illustrated by James O’Barr. The film also stars Laura Birn (“Foundation”), Sami Bouajila (2021 Best Actor César Award-winner, “A Son”), and Jordan Bolger (“The Woman King”).
“The Crow” is produced by Victor Hadida (“Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” franchises), Molly Hassell (“Terminal,” “Braven”), John Jencks (Honest Thief, Guns Akimbo), the late Samuel Hadida (Tony Scott’s “True Romance,” Terry Gilliam’s “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” and the “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” franchises), and the late Edward R. Pressman (The Crow starring Brandon Lee, Academy Award winner “Wall Street,” “American Psycho”). The production companies are Davis Films, Hassell Free Productions, Electric Shadow Company, and Pressman Film, now led by Sam Pressman. The film was shot on location in Prague and Munich.
“We appreciate what The Crow character and original movie mean to legions of fans and believe this new film will offer audiences an authentic and visceral reinterpretation of its emotional power and mythology,” said Koh. “To work with a creative team led by Rupert’s unparalleled visual style and storytelling and with a producing team who have made some of the most popular and impactful films of the last several decades is a true privilege,” said Koh.
“The original film left an indelible mark on our culture that lives on,” said the producers in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to bring a new adaptation for today’s audiences that respects this legacy. Rupert has masterfully brought new dimensions to create a contemporary universe for this timeless saga of undying love, and we can’t wait to share this vision with film audiences.”
The Crow was first published by Caliber Comics in 1989. Director Alex Proyas brought the story to the screen in 1994’s “The Crow,” which starred the late Brandon Lee and became a cult classic.
CAA Media Finance handled the deal for the film’s domestic distribution rights. Koh will oversee the film for Lionsgate. John Biondo oversaw the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.
Rupert Sanders directed Universal’s worldwide box office hit “Snow White and the Huntsman” starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, and Paramount’s action film Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson. An award-winning commercials director, Sanders received two Golden Lions for his work on “The Life,” in support of the classic video game Halo 3: ODST. Most recently he directed the pilot episode of the successful Apple TV+ science fiction series “Foundation” starring Jared Harris. Sanders is repped by CAA, Grandview, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Bill Skarsgård most recently played the Marquis in the worldwide Lionsgate hit “John Wick Chapter 4.” He also starred as Pennywise in Warner Bros.’ horror franchise It, based on the Stephen King novel. A versatile actor, he also voiced the Deviant Kro in Marvel’s Eternals and starred as Zeitgeist in Deadpool 2. Skarsgård is repped by WME, Magnolia Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter FKA twigs is the Grammy Award-nominated artist whose innovative and genre defying music has cemented her as a unique talent in today’s music landscape. FKA twigs made her feature film acting debut as “Shy Girl” in Amazon’s “Honeyboy.” Twigs is repped by UTA and Three Six Zero Group.
Danny Huston is set to appear in director Kevin Costner’s upcoming western “Horizon: An American Saga” and also “The Dead Don’t Hurt” for writer-director Viggo Mortensen. Other roles include “Succession” and “Angel Has Fallen.” He is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Julian Belfrage Associates and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.
Writer Zach Baylin’s spec feature King Richard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film received an impressive six Oscar nominations as well as four nominations for the 2022 BAFTAs. Baylin worked on the third installment of the “Creed” franchise at MGM starring Michael B. Jordan and the Bob Marley biopic at Paramount reuniting with “King Richard: director Rei Green. Baylin is repped by CAA and Grandview.
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About Davis Films
Davis Films, based in Paris, is one of the world’s leading independent production companies and has been directly involved in the production of over forty feature films. Along with leading French distributor Metropolitan FilmExport, Davis Films was owned and managed by Samuel and Victor Hadida for many years. Following Samuel’s passing in 2018, the companies remain under ownership of the Hadida family and Victor’s management.
The first Davis production was Tony Scott’s True Romance, based on a Quentin Tarantino script. Davis also teamed with Scott years later for Domino, starring Keira Knightley. Davis is also known for its successful adaptations of Japanese Manga and videogames, as Crying Freeman, the Resident Evil franchise co-produced with Constantin, and the Silent Hill franchise. Prior to his passing, Samuel led Davis into this current production of THE CROW.
About Hassell Free Productions
Hassell Free Productions has produced and/or financed more than 20 critically acclaimed films to date, including noir crime thriller Terminal starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers; action thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa and Stephen Lang; Jon Avnet’s Three Christs starring Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins and Bradley Whitford; and thriller The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood. The company’s most recent productions include Endangered Species, an action drama set in the grasslands of Kenya starring Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, and Jerry O’Connell and action thriller Rogue starring Megan Fox, both directed by MJ Bassett.
About The Electric Shadow Company
The Electric Shadow Company is a commissioning producer based in London. We develop, finance, produce and distribute feature films, TV series and documentaries to a global audience.
Recent productions include Carol Morley’s Out of Blue, Liam Neeson-starring Honest Thief (US Box office number-one), BAFTA nominated Boiling Point and Name Me Lawand, which won the Jury Prize at Hot Docs in 2023.
About Pressman Film
Founded in 1969 by Edward R. Pressman and now located in Los Angeles, Pressman Film is a leading global independent production company producing more than 90 world-class motion pictures and launching the careers of several of the most prominent figures in the worldwide film industry. Notable films include Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, Jason Reitman’s Thank You For Smoking, Terrence Malick’s Badlands, John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise, and The Crow franchise amongst others. Recent Pressman productions include Barry Levinson’s Paterno, Keith Maitland’s documentary Dear Mr Brody, Charlotte Colbert’s debut feature She Will and Mary Harron’s Daliland starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Ezra Miller. Pressman Film has established a philosophy supporting director’s visions while balancing independent spirit and studio blockbusters.
Following Ed’s passing earlier this year, the company is now led by Sam Pressman, and the Pressman Film team includes COO & Head of Business Affairs Paula Paizes and Head of Production Kelly McKee.