The Crow Reboot to Move Forward Now that Lawsuit Is Settled
01.24.12 by Ryan
After being in development since 2008, progress on Relativity Media's "re-imagining" of The Crow seemed to be on track early last year, with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) hired to replace the departed Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and actor Bradley Cooper negotiating to play the lead role of resurrected rock musician Eric Draven. Then, everything changed.
First, The Weinstein Company — who produced director Alex Proyas' 1994 movie adaptation of creator James O'Barr's cult hit comic book — slapped an injunction against Relativity last April, claiming that they owned the worldwide distribution rights to The Crow and not Relativity. Four months later, Cooper left the project, citing scheduling conflicts, and Fresnadillo followed two months later.
At long last, it looks like Relativity and The Weinstein Company have finally decided that they can make more money if they work together rather than apart, issuing a statement that their legal battles, including a lawsuit that involved 2009 musical Nine, are finally over.
The lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company concerning The Crow has been amicably settled out of court, and the parties will continue to work on the film together as planned. In addition, Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of Nine, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media.
With no director or star attached, all The Crow seems to have left, besides a lack of squabbling studios, is a script rewritten last year by Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse. Still, the 1994 original was one of top 25 grossing movies of the year, and spawned several sequels — 1996's The Crow: City of Angels, 2000's The Crow: Salvation, and 2005's The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Expect the directing and casting search to resume shortly.