Maybe The Crow is one movie property that should be left well enough alone. There have been numerous attempts to get a modern remake of the 1994 Alex Proyas-directed cult classic off the ground, and recently things looked like they were shaping up with director Corin Hardy at the helm. Now, as the film’s producers duel over the rights to the franchise, Hardy becomes the first casualty.
THR reports that Dana Brunetti, who’s teed up to run the reorganized Relativity Media, has already axed Hardy. It’s an odd decision considering that The Crow seemed to be getting its legs underneath it after Relativity bounced back from bankruptcy, and it’s one that’s already being challenged. Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, the producer of the original film, filed papers in bankruptcy court, papers intended to deny Relativity rights to sequels, prequels and remakes. Now that the lawyers are involved, who knows how long it will be before we see The Crow again, if ever.
The legal history between the production companies is a little tricky, but essentially Pressman made a deal with Relativity in 2009 for three The Crow films, an option that was exercised in 2014 with a three-year window to begin production. In August of 2015, Hardy came on board in a “holding deal” to direct the film, which officially sent the film into pre-production mode. At the time, both production parties were happy with the selection of Hardy. That changed in January of this year when Brunetti dismissed Hardy from the picture. Pressman then took issue with that move since it set back their production schedule and was, in their view, a breach of contract.
As for Relativity, they’re standing behind Brunetti despite Pressman’s lack of confidence in the production company. As CEO Ryan Kavanaugh stated:
“With Dana coming aboard, we are giving him full creative rein. We want him to be able to reboot The Crow under his vision and guidance. We are optimistic he will create the best package for such an iconic franchise.”
However things shake out, The Crow suffers another setback, which might not be all that bad as far as fans of the original are concerned.
For more on The Crow’s woes, be sure to get caught up on our recent stories here:
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- ‘The Crow’ Remake “Is Happening,” Says Director Corin Hardy
- ‘The Crow’ Reboot: Comic Creator Insists “It Definitely Will Happen”
- THE CROW Reboot Stalls Following Relativity Bankruptcy
- Jack Huston Explains Why He Dropped Out of THE CROW Remake
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