Director Corin Hardy (‘The Nun’) has been working for years on the development of a new film about ‘The Raven’, a thriller starring Brandon Lee in 1994.
In 2016, Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”) was even cited for the lead role, but the project ended up being scrapped for lack of investment and the star ended up dropping out two years later.
During those years, no images of Momoa as Eric Draven had been released.
However, Ryan Unicomb, director of documentaries focused on shelved productions, posted on his Twitter profile a few excerpts from Momoa’s test as an iconic character.
“Apparently people are amazed at some of the static images from Jason Momoa’s camera tests under the name ‘The Raven’. So here are some real pictures. I hope they will have the opportunity to review this one day.
“Here are the rest of the images. There was still confusion as to whether this was recorded before or after her casting. I never got any answers, but maybe Corin Hardy can explain it to me.
Here are the rest of the pictures. There has always been some confusion as to whether it was before he was chosen or not. I have personally never been able to confirm but maybe @corinhardy can ?! #TheCrow #JasonMomoa https://t.co/3QOXCRZnaU pic.twitter.com/saY1WXaf4U
– Ryan (@itsRyanUnicomb) November 26, 2021
A few months ago, Hardy spoke with the Comic Book and said that he still had hopes of being able to release the film in theaters… Someday!
He commented on his passion for the project and said he had no plans to give up on the outing.
“It’s a story I’m passionate about and committed to, I’ve invested three and a half or four years into this idea with love, blood, sweat and tears, and I have a ton of materials to work with, so I think one day we’ll see the new version of ‘The Crow’ in theaters.
“I don’t want to migrate to other media [como o streaming] because I want to see this movie in the cinema. The original material created by James O’Barr is so fascinating… The tone, the mythology, its representation of the modern world. This work deserves respect.
For those who don’t know him, the 1981 O’Barr comic follows Eric Draven resurrected a year after he and his fiancee were murdered, with the supernatural spirit of a crow allowing him to take revenge on those who caused their deaths.
Recalling that Lee ended up dying behind the scenes of the adaptation directed by Alex Proyas after being hit by a lead projectile fired by the pistol used by actor Michael Massee.
Due to a production failure, the weapon had been loaded with live ammunition and the gunpowder from the blank accidentally released the projectile stuck in the barrel, piercing Lee’s torso.
The accident happened just eight days before the end of the film.
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