EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has set Corin Hardy to direct its remake of The Crow. Hardy made his live action feature directing debut on the Occupant Entertainment thriller The Hallow, a film that will be released next year and before that he drew acclaim for helming the animated short Butterfly and for directing music videos for the likes of  Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Keane, Paolo Nutini and The Prodigy. The Crow remake has been watched closely by the fanboy set that loves the James O’Barr graphic novel about a murdered man who comes back for revenge, which was first brought to the screen by director Alex Proyas and the late actor Brandon Lee. Hardy has gotten a bit of cred in that fanboy favorite helmer Edgar Wright was the one who recommended him to Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film and is producing the reboot.

Hardy replaces F. Javier Gutiérrez, who was attached but signed on to the direct the next installment of The Ring franchise. That made him unavailable to helm The Crow, which is slated for a spring production start with a script by Cliff Dorfman. Gutierrez will be exec producer and O’Barr a consultant. Joining Pressman as producers are Kevin Misher, Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Jeff Most (who produced the original with Pressman), and Jeff Waxman. Tucker Tooley, Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Dan Farah are exec producers.

Hardy is repped by Hugo Young at Independent Talent Group, Elevate Entertainment’s Jenny Wood and attorney Fred Tozcek. Dorfman is repped by ICM and Apostle’s George Heller. Here is a look at Hardy’s short film Butterfly: