The folks behind The Crow reboot were trying to forge forward after countless setbacks, but when Relativity went bankrupt, it seemed like that was it. The movie was never going to happen. However, The Crow comic book creator James O’Barr says otherwise. Last weekend, O’Barr participated in a panel at the Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, New York and said the following (via ComicBook.com):
“It’s still very much a live property.”
“The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they’re in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can’t get backing again. It’s going to happen. I talked to Pressman Films a couple of weeks ago and they said within two or three weeks, we should have it placed at a new studio. Because the day Relativity announced that they were having financial problems, there were like a dozen other studios that called about getting The Crow property. It definitely will happen.”
I can’t imagine O’Barr making such a statement if there wasn’t serious interest in the idea elsewhere, but after everything The Crow reboot has been through, it’s tough to just take his word for it. We’ve been talking about this thing since 2008, back when Stephen Norrington signed on to direct. Clearly that never panned out and then the project went from him to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo then to F. Javier Gutierrez and then most recently to Corin Hardy. There’s got to be a reason this keeps happening so it’s hard to imagine a studio swooping in, saving the day and finally getting this thing into production. I really did want to see Andrea Riseborough‘s version of Top Dollar, but at this point, enough is enough. Plus, I can’t imagine taking public jabs at Relativity will help the cause.