After several years of languishing in development and production delays, The Crow reboot is finally getting ready to spread its wings. The Wrap reports that director Corin Hardy has signed a new holding deal with Relativity Media, with The Crow set to become the company's first project after it emerges from its bankruptcy proceedings. Principal photography is now scheduled to begin in March 2016.
Shortly after Relativity filed for bankruptcy in July, the production company claimed that they were still moving ahead with a fall production start on The Crow, but that never happened. Just a few weeks earlier, star Jack Huston became the latest in a long line of stars to back out of the Eric Draven role, following Luke Evans, James McAvoy and Bradley Cooper. The studio still hasn't found a replacement for Jack Huston yet, with Jessica Brown Findlay currently the only cast member attached as Shelly Webster, Eric Draven's fiancee.
Back in September, producer Edward R. Pressman filed an objection to the inclusion of The Crow as part of Relativity's assets, claiming the project was "in danger of losing the services of the director of the picture, who is widely regarded as a key creative element." The injunction claimed that Relativity had spent more than $7 million on The Crow so far, including the purchase of options on the franchise rights, which would revert back to Edward R. Pressman if production doesn't start three years after the agreement was first signed, which was nearly two years ago. If filming does start in March 2016, Relativity will no longer be in danger of losing the rights.
Securing Corin Hardy is a big step in ensuring the production moves forward, but Relativity still has to find a star and round out the rest of the cast in just a few short months. Corin Hardy will direct from a script by Alex Tse and Jesse Wigutow. Comic book creator James O'Barr has stated in the past that the script is much more faithful to his original comics than the original 1994 adaptation starring Brandon Lee, but no specific story details have been released at this time.
Corin Hardy's debut feature The Hallow premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and will be released in theaters and on VOD formats this weekend. With this reboot seemingly moving forward (again), who do you think should play Eric Draven? After years of delays, do you think The Crow will actually start production as planned this coming March? Stay tuned for further updates on this highly-anticipated reboot.