After already spending $20 million, incurring hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, and losing a confirmed 75 people (a fifth of their total staff), Relativity Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The hits just keep coming for Relativity as they try to get their big screen reboot of The Crow off the ground. Based on the comic by James O’Barr, we already saw one variation of a Crow film in 1994, but this reboot seemed pretty promising- at first. Now, however, the losses are piling up; and there may be nothing to show for it in the end.
In a move that’s going to put a lot of fans at ease, Variety is reporting James O’Barr, creator of the original graphic novel, is now involved with Relativity Media‘s new adaptation of The Crow as a “creative consultant.” This remake already has F. Javier Gutierrez directing, screenwriter Cliff Dorfman, and Luke Evans attached to star. Shooting won’t begin until 2014, but expect both O’Barr and Gutierrez to appear at San Diego Comic-Con.
Here’s a little statement from O’Barr,
It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.
It seems in the coming weeks we’ll learn more about the direction they’re hoping to take this new adaptation – don’t call it a remake! – but how are you feeling about it now? What do you think of O’Barr coming on board as a creative consultant?
Nobody, I repeat nobody, wants a remake of The Crow. The original 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee is a timeless cult classic. It’s a shame that Relativity Media is hell bent on tarnishing Lee’s legacy (he left this world while making it) with this unnecessary rehash. With that said, the recent casting rumors on who might play the lead has turned a few heads.
There was a time when Mark Walhberg and Bradley Cooper were rumored to play murdered musician Eric Draven. Fans, of course, balked at such silly notions. Things then got interesting when James McAvoy was linked to the project. A moment of pause, really. McAvoy was just a whisper in the shadows. Most recently, some real eye-widening names got dropped. Thor‘s Tom Hiddleston and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard were said to be finalists.
To be honest with you, as much as I loath the idea of a Crow remake, I’d be slightly intrigued to see Hiddleston in Crow make-up, acting all crazy and shit. That would be something! Alas, he and Skarsgard were just “in-talks”, with no real amount of negotiations involved. Apparently, all the actors (and bucket full of potential directors) the studio have cycled through, were all meant to keep-up appearances. The real choice for Regency was Luke Evans…. who, according to Deadline, just got the part.
Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Fast and the Furious 6, the upcoming Dracula) has been chosen to play the lead. Reportedly, director F. Javier Gutiérrez wanted Evans from the start, but his schedule was packed. Relativity wants to make the film badly enough that it has pushed back the start to shooting until early 2014 to lock Evans into the gig.
So, yeah, Evans is THE guy. What do you all think about this? I, for one, am not too invested in the remake. Hell, I consider this movie being made an act of treason. Anyway, some would say, Evans is the poor mans Orlando Bloom. Is he right for this role? Can you picture it? I dunno, maybe, however unlikely, the remake could be good. Evans seems a capable actor, and maybe, just maybe, Relativity Media could give us a faithful adaption to the comic book?
What say you fans? Sound off in the comment section below.
We’ve been bringing up The Crow remake on and off for the last few years. The last time we mentioned anything, it looked far from promising, even for a remake. Bradley Cooper had left the project and Relativity Media was eying Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum and Trance star James McAvoy to replace him for the lead. All of whom passed. If not one of the pieces of male eye candy was interested, then it’s a sure sign this project is a real stinker. Or… is it? Now, a certain trickster of the gods is in talks to play forlorn anti-hero Eric Draven…and it could change everything.
Tom Hiddleston, known for his role as Thor and Avengers villain Loki, is in early talks to take over the role star Brandon Lee tragically made famous nearly two decades ago. You hear that? That’s the sound of a million fan-girls collectively losing their shit!
According to The Wrap, who first made the announcement, Tom was said to have had dinner with the producers including Ed Pressman, Kevin Misher, and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Most who were impressed with Hiddleston’s range as an actor and performer. Not only that, Tom is also said to have submitted his own makeup test that he did on his own in London.
A major name like Hiddleston attached to the project would bring in not only fans of the James O’Barr comic book series, but the score of Avengers fans that seemingly follow the actor’s every move. Fingers crossed ladies.
The Crow is scheduled to star shooting this fall with no word on when it is slated for theaters.
Peter Pan Returns to the Big Screen: Disney Gives Iconic Fairytale Character a Makeover With Upcoming Film ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’
From Hardcover to Broadway, ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’ a series of bestselling children books, is becoming a huge hit. The Broadway play has received nine Tony Award nominations earlier this month, and Walt Disney Pictures has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the book into a movie with franchise potential.
Wigutow is currently the man to have with his adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend in development at Summit with director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones“) and a reboot of The Crow at Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see how he handles a more child-friendly story.
Highlights from the Broadway Show:
In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. The story precedes J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. So are you excited to see Disney tackle the preceding adventures that made Peter Pan ‘the boy who never grew up’?
We heard yesterday that the lawsuit surrounding the remake of The Crow has finally been settled and that The Weinstein Co. (TWC) and Relativity Media have decided to make nice with each other in the sandbox.
Now it looks like everything is moving ahead full steam as we have a director and a screenwriter on board. F. Javier Gutiérrez has been signed to direct the remake, and Jesse Wigutow will write the script.
Hit the jump for the official press release!
The Weinstein Co. (TWC) and Relativity Media have settled their legal battle over remake rights to The Crow. The two companies released a joint statement that boiled down to:
Per the out-of-court settlement, both parties dropped their dueling claims.
TWC won’t further pursue a lawsuit claiming Ryan Kavanaugh’s independent studio breached a 2009 distribution agreement that allegedly gave TWC the right to release the movie globally, in turn, Relativity has dismissed its $20 million claim that TWC botched the release and distribution of the movie Nine.
Now all we have to worry about is this film actually making into theaters. Damn lawyers and their arbitrating ways. Couldn’t they spin this lawsuit out until this NerdBastard had passed on?
Oh well, maybe the Goth kids will be happy.
They often seem kinda down.
Could Sean Bean be typecasting himself? Or does he realize no one can play a gruff. medieval badass like he can? I’m going to choose the latter, because we already know Bean typifies badass. Throw him in some chain mail, he’s still a badass. Bean has really made a name for himself with these epic fantasy roles. He played Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring and Ned Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, both to much acclaim. And he’s finally rising to the ranks of king with this latest role as The King (duh!) in Tarsem Singh‘s Snow White. Note, don’t confuse this with the other Snow White move, starring the mopey girl form Twilight and the god of thunder himself, Thor.
In this version of Snow White, which will stay truer to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Bean will play the supporting role of Snow White’s father, the King, who loses his wife when Snow White is born and then remarries the woman (Julia Roberts) who will eventually grow to resent and shun Snow White, setting the story off in motion. Then it’s the seven dwarfs, mirror on the wall, poison apple, you know the rest.
Snow White is set to release in March of 2012, sooner than Snow White and the Hunstman, making it the first Snow White picture in year where we’ll already have too many Snow White films.