Bradley Cooper Drops Out of THE CROW August 16, 2011 Cooper out; studio already has its eyes on possible replacements. Back in April it was revealed that Bradley Cooper was set to take the lead in a “gritty reboot” of ‘The Crow’ with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (’28 Weeks Later’) directing. Now five months on and THR is saying that Cooper has dropped out of the remake due to a scheduling conflict with Alex Proyas’s adaptation of ‘Paradise Lost,’ in which Cooper is set to play Lucifer. Both movies are scheduled to begin lensing in the first quarter of next year. The reboot is a high priority for Relativity Media and the studio is now believed to be looking at two possible replacements: Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg, the latter of the two was previously in talks to take the lead back in October of last year when Stephen Norrington was attached to direct. It is unclear if the two are the only names the studio is looking at. Fresnadillo will be directing the movie from a screenplay by ‘Watchmen’ scribe Alex Tse.