The Crow reboot is dead at Relativity. But fear not, for like the character himself, the film is being resurrected by Resident Evil and Silent Hill producer Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, along with the Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow.
Edward R Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, will produce The Crow Reborn with Hadida. The films is said to be a more faithful adaptation of James O’Barr’s original graphic novel.
“I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented team and return the Crow franchise to its roots for a new generation of audiences to enjoy,” said Pressman in a statement.
The reboot has had a troubled history, having been in development at Relativity during the company’s much-publicised financial woes. The company filed for bankruptcy last year but emerged from that experience, with the Crow film among its priorities. However, Relativity boss Ryan Kavanaugh put the company up for sale last month, and selling off the rights to the Crow, one of the company’s most enticing properties, became a priority. Kavanaugh will remain on the film in its new home as executive producer.
It is unconfirmed at this time whether the director who was attached, Corin Hardy (The Hallow), is still on board nor whether Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman) is still in talks for the lead role. Over the years the film has been in development Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston and Jack Huston have all been rumoured as in the frame for the lead role. Gotta admit, the lanky Hiddleston is more our idea of the gothy Crow than axe-lobbing muscleman Mamoa. But now it’ll probably be somebody really cheap off the telly.