If there’s been one movie that has had its share of hassle it’s The Crow reboot.
Well now it looks like it may have been dealt the final blow as Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, producer the original 1994 film, has moved to deny Relativity Media the right to sequels, prequels, and remake of the film.
It seems that Relativity has been going through restructuring due to Bankruptcy proceedings, the movie’s director Corin Hardy is no longer directing.
“Both Pressman and Relativity brokered a $150,000 holding deal with Hardy to direct, and pre-production on the new film began in August.”
In a statement, Pressman said: “[Hardy] is known for his visual flair, having a penchant for horror and dark subject matter.
“The parties believed that Mr. Hardy was particularly suited to re-invigorate The Crow, which is based on a dark tale of revenge told originally in graphic novel form.
“Notwithstanding the importance of Mr. Hardy as reflected by [Relativity] management’s securing and extending his services through the ‘holding deal,’ and notwithstanding the confidence in him shown by other studios, on or about January 27, 2016 – five days before the start of the confirmation hearings in the Relativity bankruptcy case – Mr. Dana Brunetti, purporting to act for or on behalf of RMLLC, summarily removed Mr. Hardy as director of the Picture.”
Pressman’s main gripe is that they weren’t consulted when Hardy was removed: “The action purported to have been taken by [Relativity] on Mr. Brunetti’s initiative with respect to Mr. Hardy has undermined years of work expended by Pressman and has wasted valuable resources invested in the Picture.”
So there we have it, no star, no director and a lawsuit that doesn’t want it to happen… perhaps the Crow should be left to rest in peace after all.