So it seems The Crow reboot is still happening! After some major financial and staff setbacks, rumor had it that the film was pretty much dead in the water, but creator James O’Barr begs to differ.
O’Barr set the record straight last weekend at Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, New York, at a panel hosted by Comicbook.com. He stated:
“It’s still very much a live property,”
“The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they’re in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can’t get backing again. It’s going to happen. I talked to Pressman Films a couple of weeks ago and they said within two or three weeks, we should have it placed at a new studio. Because the day Relativity announced that they were having financial problems, there were like a dozen other studios that called about getting The Crow property. it definitely will happen.”
After a sluggish pre-production period, things finally started progressing for the comic book franchise reboot in the spring; only to have rumors start cropping up in June about Relativity Media selling the rights due to serious financial trouble.
Financial troubles weren’t the only kind of troubles plaguing the film. Numerous setbacks were undergone; a director and two leading stars were lost, and a new lead hadn’t been chosen yet to get the filming started. The supposed site of the first shot, the new Pinewood Cardiff, was reportedly still waiting on word of a timetable for production to resume.
This sort of bad luck started as far back in 2011 for Relativity, first with production delays, and then with a lawsuit with The Weinstein Company. The lawsuit was over rights, and resulted in the loss of then-lead actor Bradley Cooper. Possible Eric Draven candidates that have come and gone also include Luke Evans and Jack Huston, among other big names.
Back to the panel, O’Barr dished some details on the film itself, characterizing it as very true to the comic, and adding:
“I’m very happy with everything,”
This seems to be a very positive update- but what do you think? Some fans think a reboot is un-necessary and unwanted; that the first movie was complete enough as a stand-alone. After all the remaining crew has been through with this project, however, it seems unlikely they’ll abandon it before their vision is realized.