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F. Javier Gutiérrez attached to direct Relativity's The Crow

Jesse Wigutow will write the script for the reboot of the 1994 film.

Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez is attached to direct Relativity Media reboot of The Crow, which was originally released in 1994.

Gutiérrez’s directorial debut, the Spanish-language apocalyptic thriller Before the Fall premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2008 and was nominated for a slew of awards including an EFA. He is also developing Dimension Films’ sci-fi thriller The Greys.

Jesse Wigutow, who recently re-wrote Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend for Sunmit, has signed on to write the script for the remake, which is being dubbed as a “gritty reboot of the iconic character Eric Draven” who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder. It is based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr.

The project is currently in development; start of production, targeted release dates and casting are yet to be announced. There have been several directors attached including Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Bradley Cooper was also attached to play the lead.

The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity’s co-president Tucker Tooley, The Weinstein Company and Farah Films’ Dan Farah are executive producing.

Relativity has also just wrapped production on the comedy 21 and Over and is currently in pre-production on Nicholas Sparks’ gripping love story Safe Haven and the international espionage thriller Hunter Killer, whilst Pressman is in development on a reinvention of the iconic action film Bloodsport.

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