Fans of The Crow desperately awaiting the reboot haven't had the best of luck over the past few years. Earlier this month, the project's studio home, Relativity Media, filed for bankruptcy, stalling it yet again, despite reports that the studio still planned on starting production this fall. James O'Barr, who created the comic book the original movie and the reboot is based on, revealed at the Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, NY last weekend that the movie will still happen, once they find a new studio. Here's what he had to say at the Twin Tiers panel, hosted by 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."
As of now, the project only has Jessica Brown Findlay attached to star as Shelly Webster, the fiancee of Eric Draven. Jack Huston was the latest actor attached to star as Draven, but he dropped out back in June. That report claimed that the studio was eyeing Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) to replace Jack Huston, with Forest Whitaker eyeing an unspecified role. Now that the reboot is moving elsewhere, it isn't clear if those actors will be in the mix or not.
The Crow has been in various stages of developing since 2009, when Stephen Norrington was attached to direct the reboot. F. Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders) were set to direct at different points in time, before Corin Hardy signed on. The Eric Draven role has been a revolving door for actors as well, with Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and Luke Evans attached to star over the years.
Alex Tse and Jesse Wigutow wrote the screenplay, but there is very little we know about the story. The original comic book follows a rocker named Eric Draven, who is brutally murdered alongside his fiancee Shelly. Eric comes back from the dead as The Crow to avenge his death. Do you hope The Crow will find a new home sometime soon? Or is this project just cursed?