A reboot of the 1994 movie based on the comic books of the same title had planned to start filming this Autumn, however, since the very beginning the project has been stuck in development hell & has now hit another MAJOR snaggle.
The Crow tells the story of Eric Draven, a dead rock musician who is resurrected from the dead to avenge the murder of his fiance. It is considered a cult horror classic however even the original suffered major set backs with the lead actor Brandon Lee suffering fatal injuries on set after an incident with a defective blank round in a gun.
Now, fast forward to 2015 and a planned reboot of The Crow has struggled to get off the ground. Planned for an Autumn start to production, the project has yet to even find a lead actor with Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Luke Evans and Jack Huston all either linked to the role, sought to no avail or even confirmed and subsequently leaving the lead role in the case of Jack Huston & Luke Evans.
This along with the arrival and departure of several writers and directors, all since 2009, has been difficult enough for Relativity Media & all involved, but now it seems that the final nail may have been delivered in to the coffin of the ill-fated reboot of a beloved property. Relativity Media have now filed for bankruptcy.
This is obviously a major blow for any studio and project that they were funding, but now according to THR, many major department heads have left along with the entire production team abandoning the project. James O’Barr, creator of The Crow comics also commented on how the project has cost $20 million so far before a scene has even been filmed, before a lead has even been set in concrete. If this doesn’t spell death for the reboot of one of the 90’s most adored horror flicks, who knows what will. According to THR sources, Relativity still plan to start production in Autumn and that they “continue to be excited by The Crow” however we fail to see how production could possibly start this side of 2016.
However, given the commercial viability The Crow would bring with a theatrical release, Relativity may see it as their get out of jail free card if they could give the project a kick-start and get it going. Alternatively, they may sell off the production rights to another studio in a bid to make some quick cash to ease their woes.
For fans looking forward to The Crow reboot, they will have to be a bit more patient as Relativity’s woes will certainly hold the project up for quite a while we reckon, if it ever sees the light of day at all.