I never understood the attraction The Crow has for some people, a scary guy in pancake makeup comes back from the dead and beats up bad guys. The crow as a bird gets a bad rap out of this whole thing. Suddenly tied to the Goth movement, the crow is just an innocent bystander caught up in the teenage angst and frustration. Really, I see the Crow in makeup and think . . . EMO KID! So when I hear that they are remaking the movie I pretty much sighed and clicked the next page. Really, the whole Crow thing wouldn’t have been so big if Brandon Lee hadn’t died, that’s what pushed it.
So producer Edward R. Pressman has been putting together a new Crow film with Relativity Media. Bradley Cooper of The Hangover has been in talks to star with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later directing.
Now Harvey Weinstein rises from the dead, just like the Crow sans white pancake makeup, and claims that he has a contract “signed by everybody” that gives The His company worldwide distribution rights for The Crow. TWC filed a lawsuit against Relativity Media to stop any attempt to sell distribution rights to other parties. So where does this leave the Crow movie? Bert Fields, legal rep for the Weinsteins, said,
“Mr. Kavanaugh was not going to honor that contract. Apparently, he’s going to sell these rights to others. He made a bunch of threats… Some people may submit to that kind of arrogant conduct, but we’re not going to do it. If anybody tries to buy these distribution rights in The Crow, they are buying nothing but a lawsuit and they will get sued.”
Relativity then issued the following statement:
This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins who have a long history of threatening law suits with the sole purpose of intimidation. If served, Relativity will seek immediate dismissal. While we expect these types of antics from the Weinsteins, we are shocked that a lawyer of Mr. Fields’ caliber would make such false, reckless and intentionally harmful statements to the press about Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh. We intend to seek appropriate remedies for this misconduct.Clearly this is a feeble attempt to create a press stir and a malicious effort to interfere with Relativity’s development of the project.
I would hope they both dig the legal hole so deep that we never see another Crow movie again. Rest in Peace Brandon, I liked you better in Showdown in Little Tokyo anyways.