It's been quite a winding road for the people trying to get a new version of The Crow made. I feel the need to draw that distinction, mind you. What's being proposed here isn't a remake of the Brandon Lee movie; It's going to be a new adaptation of the actual The Crow comic books. I feel like I've been tracking this thing forever, and it's been a little bit of a bummer to see all the roadblocks its hit after a seemingly promising start.
I first came into contact with this project after The Crow creator James O'Barr came onboard and gave the reboot his blessing. You can read that original piece from Halloween 2014 right here:
O'Barr shared with the world a rather touching story about how the film's then-directer F. Javier Gutierrez sought him out and won him over with a pitch that promised to be a faithful adaptation of the writer's work and not a remake of the 1994 film. The film's then-star Luke Evans also sought the creator out and asked him for his blessing. O'Barr became excited about the project, it sounded like it was in great, passionate, dedicated hands, and the rest- you'd think- would be cake.
Instead, Gutierrez ended up leaving; Then Evans left, too. Then Corin Hardy came onboard to direct, and Jack Huston signed on to star. That last bit occurred in March of 2015. By the end of the year, though, production company Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy! The company reemerged from Chapter 11 in April of this year, with The Crow still a priority. Then the project stalled out again. Three months ago, Aquaman star Jason Momoa replaced Huston as the star of the project. But then just last month, Relativity head Ryan Kavanaugh put the studio up for sale.
You following this mess?
Now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Highland Film Group, Davis Films, and Electric Shadow have acquired the rights to finance, produce and distribute the film, which will now be called The Crow Reborn.
It's unclear, at this time, if Hardy and Momoa will remain attached to the project as this latest development takes effect.
Samuel Hadida, of Davis Films, has experience producing genre films with credits like Silent Hill and Resident Evil on his resumé.
Let's see how this goes...