Reboots are the hot thing on the Hollywood skillet right now, almost as hot (and profitable) as graphic novel and #comicbook adaptations. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that a remake of Alex Proyas's ill-fated gothic action movie #TheCrow, which itself was an adaptation of the graphic novel by James O’Barr, is in the works.
Indeed it's even less of a surprise to learn that the reboot itself has been in the works for nearly a decade, plagued by financing issues and the departure of Stephen Norrington, the director and writer who initially got the project up and running back in 2008.
A Troubled Production
The original The Crow movie has historically been steeped in a kind of bad voodoo, as leading actor Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) was accidentally killed on set by a defective blank while filming the movie. He died a mere week before the movie was due to complete production, and was digitally inserted into unfinished scenes after his death.
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While there hasn't been anything so tragic to happen to the #reboot, it has gone through a pretty turbulent time when attempting to spread its own wings. Multiple directors have come and gone from the project, from Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) to Francisco Javier Gutiérrez (Rings), and the lead role has been even more hotly contended. Actors including Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Luke Evans, Jack Huston and Nicholas Hoult have all been in various stages of talks to sign on as protagonist Eric Draven.
What's Happening With The Crow Now?
After many troubled years of pre-production, The Crow was due to begin filming in spring of 2015 with Corin Hardy (The Hallow) directing and Jack Huston starring — but the project was again shelved when production company Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy. Hardy left the project then returned, with The Wrap reporting back in September that The Crow was once again going ahead with Hardy back on board to direct and Jason Momoa starring. Production was then set to begin January of 2017.
But today brings another spanner in the gothic works. A new report from THR announces that The Crow has left the clutches of Relativity Media, who has been on board to produce ever since 2009 under the wing of producer Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity Media went up for sale last month, and in the wake of that decision the project moves now to Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, the Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow, who will finance, produce and distribute the movie — which is now known officially as The Crow Reborn.
What Does This Mean For The Movie?
Moving production studios at this juncture isn't a major disaster. In fact, it's probably a positive move, as Relativity Media's financial problems may have contributed to the stalling of the project until now (sorry The Crow purists, it looks like it's finally happening).
But this does cast doubt again upon whether or not we'll be seeing Momoa and Hardy's continued involvement with #TheCrowReborn, as their agreements will have been worked out with Relativity and will now need to be renegotiated. The official line on this remains unclear, as THR report:
Jason Momoa was previously attached to star, and Corin Hardy was on board to direct. It is unclear if they will remain involved.
Principal photography is again scheduled to begin on The Crow Reborn in 2017, so further news regarding cast and crew should start coming out of the pipeline soon. Watch this space, and remember...
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