With Jason Momoa now locked in to play Eric Draven in the long-delayed reboot of The Crow, Relativity Media is eyeing a production start date for this coming January. The studio, which is rebounding from its bankruptcy proceedings, doesn't have a release date set at this time. However, if they can get production started on time this January, it will mark the end of a string of struggles for this project, which has been in various stages of development and/or pre-production for the past six years.
This Crow reboot first came to light back in February 2010, when filmmaker Stephen Norrington (Blade) came aboard to write the script and direct for producer Edward Pressman. Mark Wahlberg was being eyed to star, but Stephen Norrington left the project a few months later. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and star Bradley Cooper were later attached, followed by director F. Javier Gutierrez and star Luke Evans, before Corin Hardy came aboard in December 2014, although Luke Evans ended up leaving a month later.
Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) came aboard to star as Eric Draven last year, with Jessica Brown Findlay, best known from her work on Downton Abbey, signing on to play Eric's fiancee, Shelly. While production was supposed to begin this spring, Relativity's bankruptcy issues delayed the project even further, with Jack Huston eventually parting ways. Corin Hardy was even fired by Relativity in March, leading to producer Edward R. Pressman filing a lawsuit to get Relativity removed from the project after they fired the director. It seems all has been worked out, with Corin Hardy back at the helm and Jason Momoa set to star.
We still don't know for sure if Jessica Brown Findlay is still attached to play Shelly, or if she dropped out during Relativity's bankruptcy troubles. The script was written by Alex Tse (Watchmen) and Jesse Wigutow (Tron 3), which is believed to be much more faithful to the original comic book by James O'Barr, than the 1994 adaptation, which was directed by Alex Proyas. If production is starting in January, which was first reported by The Wrap, then we should be hearing more about the cast coming together soon.
In The Crow, the night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar to complete his macabre mission.
Relativity hasn't confirmed the production schedule for this Crow reboot quite yet. This news does come just hours after we reported that Jason Momoa will start filming Warner Bros.' Aquaman in the summer of 2017, in Australia and at London's Leavesden Studios. Jason Momoa may be shooting both The Crow and Aquaman back-to-back, with no break in between, but that all depends exactly when Aquaman starts rolling.