April 13, 2011 / 12:51 AM / 9 years ago

Bradley Cooper in talks to star in "Crow" remake

Cast member Bradley Cooper gestures at the premiere of "Valentine's Day" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California February 8, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bradley Cooper is in early negotiations to star in a remake of “The Crow,” the 1994 film that gained cult status due in part to star Brandon Lee’s on-set accidental on-set death.

Based on a gritty black-and-white indie comic by artist James O’Barr, the film revolves around a rock musician who is murdered while trying to save his fiancée from thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film spawned three sequels and a TV series, each starring a new actor.

The new film is moving ahead quickly at indie producer Relativity Media, which hired Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Days Later”) only a week ago. He and Cooper reportedly hit it off during a recent meeting in Spain, eagerly sharing their vision for the character and the film.

Relativity would not confirm the talks but sources say Cooper, currently in theaters in Relativity’s hit thriller “Limitless,” is keen to board the project. Production is targeted to start in the fall. Cooper next appears in “The Hangover Part II,” which opens May 26.

The “Crow” reboot has been in the works since 2007, with British filmmaker Stephen Norrington (“Blade”) previously attached to direct. Australian goth rocker Nick Cave wrote the most recent draft of the script, though sources say a new writer will be brought on to work with Fresnadillo.

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