Is the long and winding road of The Crow remake’s tumultuous development finally coming to an end? That’s the scuttlebutt today, which suggests that the almost 10-year journey on the part of Relativity Media to reboot the 1994 cult classic seems to have now bore fruit with an expected start date just a few months hence. It’s been stop and go, stop and go for The Crow remake, with various stars and directors all coming onboard at various points depending on which way the wind blows. Many suspected that the nearly 25-year-old Alex Proyas film was cursed, but now it looks like this Crow is about to break free from development hell.
Reports have leaked suggesting that The Crow, starring Jason Momoa as the supernatural avenger Eric Draven and directed by The Hallow’s Colin Hardy, will begin production in January. This is not an official report by any means, but it would make sense given that Relativity is emerging from bankruptcy protection, and is probably looking to get rolling on something that’s going to be a guaranteed hit for them, or at least a project that’s guaranteed to generate interest. The timing also makes sense given that Momoa is expected to head for the deep end before next summer in order to film Aquaman.
There are a lot of questions left to be answered about the film before production begins though. For instance, will the film use the script being written by Alex Tse and Jesse Wigutow, which is reputedly more faithful to the original James O’Barr graphic novel than the Proyas’ film? Also, is Jessica Brown Findlay still cast as Shelly, Draven’s fiancee for whom he’s brought back from the dead to avenge? There are still a lot of things to figure out about the movie before, or even if, it goes before the cameras after the new year. Time will tell if Momoa can do what what Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Jack Huston and Nicholas Hoult all could not.
We’ll have more news if and when it develops.