Monday Movie Report: Cast coming together for Eastwood project, ‘Crow’ remake crashes again

The cast for Clint Eastwood’s new project is coming together, with a two-time Oscar winner coming on-board.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Michael Pena and Bradley Cooper will all star in the new Eastwood film, “The Mule.” THR reports that Eastwood will direct and act in the Warner Bros. crime drama.

Shooting started on the film this week in Atlanta, with the production also including Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio. In its article, THR writes that the story focuses on a man in his 80s who’s “broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.” The main character then learns that he’s become a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.

The script was worked on by Nick Schenk (“Gran Torino”) and Dave Holstein (“Weeds”), according to THR.

While Eastwood’s last movie, “The 15:17 to Paris,” wasn’t all that great, he’s usually a very reliable director, so I’m excited to see this one. Plus, Eastwood hasn’t starred in a film since his 2012 movie “Trouble with the Curve.”

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In other industry news, last week it was announced that “The Crow” remake has once again come back to Earth. According to Deadline Hollywood, both the director Corin Hardy and lead actor Jason Momoa have walked away from the project.

Deadline reports that the two left the film because of “creative and financial differences” with Samuel Hadida, who holds the rights and funding for the project via his Davis Films company.

The original “Crow,” based on a graphic novel of the same name, was released in 1994 and starred the late Brandon Lee in the lead role. Considered by many (including myself) as a cult classic, the film is remembered for its stylized direction, Gothic setting, soundtrack and Lee’s performance.

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Eric Draven, played by Brandon Lee, in “The Crow.” Courtesy Miramax Films and Dimension Films.

With the remake, production was expected to start within the next five weeks in Budapest and a release date was going to be in October 2019.

Attempts to remake “The Crow” have been ongoing in Hollywood for more than a decade. For example, in 2011, Bradley Cooper was attached to the project before dropping out.

Personally, while I don’t want any project to fail, I can’t say I’m upset over the development. “The Crow” is a favorite of mine, but I acknowledge the fact that it was one of those ‘lightning-in-a-bottle’ type of films and recreating that magic would be tough.

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At the weekend box office, it was the “Star Wars” feature “Solo” taking the top spot again. However, the picture had a massive drop from its opening weekend, taking in just $29.2 million this time as opposed to $84.4 million in its first outing. “Deadpool 2,” meanwhile, wasn’t far behind at $23.3 million.

The full top five was:
1. Solo: Star Wars Story – $29,296,000
2. Deadpool 2 – $23,325,000
3. Adrift – $11,510,000
4. Avengers: Infinity War – $10,371,000
5. Book Club – $6,800,000

For this coming weekend, the widest release is the heist film “Ocean’s 8,” smaller films coming to more select theaters are “Hotel Artemis” and “Hereditary.”

Meanwhile, on the small screen, releases include:

  • A Wrinkle in Time, Rotten Tomatoes: 39%, Large Association of Movie Blogs: 2.5 out of 5.
  • Death Wish, Rotten Tomatoes: 17%, Large Association of Movie Blogs: 1.83 out of 5.
  • Hurricane Heist, Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
  • Every Day, Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
  • Gringo, Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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