Original the Crow Director Addresses Biggest Issue With Brandon Lee Remake: ‘It Is His Legacy’


  • Alex Proyas believes
    The Crow
    should be left alone as Brandon Lee’s legacy.
  • The trailer for
    The Crow
    reboot has been heavily criticized, with over 90,000 dislikes and negative fan feedback.
  • Fans feel the remake is exaggerated and grotesque, comparing it to an ’80s horror movie in 4K, showing disappointment in the direction.

The director behind the original big screen adaptation of The Crow, Alex Proyas, has commented further on the upcoming reboot…and he doesn’t like what he sees. Following the release of the trailer, which offered audiences their first look at John Wick: Chapter 4 star Bill Skarsgård taking on the iconic role of The Crow in this modern reimagining of the original graphic novel by James O’Barr, the footage has been met with a lot of negativity from fans.

From Proyas’ perspective, the filmmaker feels that, thanks to the central performance from Brandon Lee and his tragic death while filming, the property should have been left alone as Lee’s “legacy.”

“I really don’t get any joy from seeing negativity about any fellow filmmakers work. And I’m certain the cast and crew really had all good intentions, as we all do on any film. So it pains me to say any more on this topic, but I think the fan’s response speaks volumes. THE CROW is not just a movie. Brandon Lee died making it, and it was finished as a testament to his lost brilliance and tragic loss. It is his legacy. That’s how it should remain.”



The Crow Reboot Has Been Cursed From the Start

The Crow has a well-deserved reputation for being the most cursed franchise in history.

Proyas first commented on the remake after the first images of Skarsgård in character were released, saying, “nearly everyone agrees the stills look kind of goofy.” Of course, because this is the internet, his criticisms were met with criticisms of their own, with the filmmaker saying in response…

“For all those raging at me because I made a joke about a haircut – why do you care what I think? What does it matter? If your enjoyment of a movie can be ruined so easily by one person you don’t even know isn’t that kind of sad? Go see it if you are excited about it – I don’t want to take anyone’s joy away. God knows we need all the joy we can get in life right now.”

The Crow Trailer Has Been Bombarded With Dislikes & Criticism

The first trailer for The Crow now stands at over 90,000 dislikes (against 66,000 likes), which suggests that Proyas will not be alone in his opinion of the upcoming remake. “Wow this is even worse than the photos we saw,” and “It makes me sad to see such a good actor like Bill in this supposed movie, it’s so exaggerated, so grotesque that it looks like an 80’s horror movie in 4K,” are just some of the comments from fans that have been left since the trailer’s release.

You can check out the official synopsis for this year’s The Crow below.

“Soulmates Eric Draven (Skarsgård) and Shelly Webster (FKA twigs) are brutally murdered when the demons of her dark past catch up with them. Given the chance to save his true love by sacrificing himself, Eric sets out to seek merciless revenge on their killers, traversing the worlds of the living and the dead to put the wrong things right.”

Directed by Rupert Sanders from a screenplay by Zach Baylin and Will Schneider, The Crow stars Bill Skarsgård as Eric Draven, aka The Crow and FKA Twigs as Shelly Webster, as well as Isabella Wei, Danny Huston, Laura Birn, Sami Bouajila, and Jordan Bolger.

The Crow
is set to be released by Lionsgate on June 7, 2024.


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