Some things just aren’t meant to be. It appears that Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have exited the planned reboot of The Crow at Sony.
Based on the James O’Barr graphic novel, the property was adapted before in 1994. Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon, famously died on set due to an accident involving an improperly loaded prop gun. Like his father’s final film (Game of Death) the film was completed using doubles. The film became a cult favorite and made it probable that someone would try to remake it eventually.
Blade director Stephen Norrington was originally going to helm a ‘reinvention’ of the film. It never panned out and several actors and directors have been circling it since 2008.
In 2015, Relativity had the rights but filed for bankruptcy resulting in the rights changing hands and a production date quickly firmed up. The film was in pre-production and set to start filming in the next few weeks but now star Momoa and his director have both jumped ship.
According to Deadline, even though Sony Pictures already announced it “had picked up the film for worldwide distribution, and announced an October 11, 2019 release date”, that deal hadn’t actually closed yet. As a result, the “inability to close a deal with Sony left the studio in exit mode, and that directly precipitated the exits of the filmmaker and star.”
Momoa revealed the sad news on his instagram saying,
“I’ve waited eight years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team,” he wrote. “But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right.”