The remake of The Crow is headed into turnaround.
According to ScreenDaily, due to the recent financial difficulties surrounding Ryan Cavanugh’s Relativity Media resulting in its bankruptcy, crew that have been prepping the film for active production have had to vacate the studio in the UK. Although the production has been stalled for now, the report clearly states that Relativity is intent to “move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.”
The Crow, originally a comic book series by writer/artist James O’Barr, began as a cinematic franchise in 1994, when Dimension Films and Miramax released the original film starring the late Brandon Lee, who was killed on set following an accident with a firearm. Directed by Alex Proyas, the original film was a box office success, grossing $50 million on a budget of $23 million, and spawned a series of sequels released both theatrically and direct-to-video.
Discussion around a reboot originated in 2008 with writer/director Stephen Norrington, though he stepped away from the project within a couple of years of stating his intent to work on it. Since then, it had shuffled between a few different creators before landing with director Corin Hardy. Jack Huston was set to star most recently, but bowed out of the project.
If the film gets going again, its first order of business will be finding a new star. Still, the bigger picture will have to focus on the health of Relativity as a studio, so we’ll have to see how they shake out first.
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