‘The Crow’ Reboot May Be Dead Following Relativity Media Bankruptcy
Earlier this week we learned that Relativity Media declared bankruptcy, as the studio reportedly owes on several past projects and is unable to pay up. That puts the future of many of their projects — completed and not — in question, including the repeatedly delayed Jane Got a Gun, as well as the reboot of The Crow. Both movies appear to be cursed.
While Natalie Portman’s Jane Got a Gun will likely be okay and will eventually hit theaters early next year (last scheduled for this fall), Corin Hardy’s reboot of The Crow is a big question mark. The project has gone through a parade of directors and actors, but had finally gotten off the ground recently with the hiring of Hardy, whom fellow director Edgar Wright reportedly personally recommended for the project.
With Relativity in bankruptcy, THR reports that production on the project has now stalled out in the U.K. as “several” development executives and crew members left the film last week.
The new adaptation of James O’Barr’s classic goth comic has had a long and bumpy development history — Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) was set to direct from a script rewritten by Nick Cave, followed by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) coming on board with Bradley Cooper rumored to star (yikes). Then came director F. Javier Gutierrez, with Tom Hiddleston rumored to star. And then Luke Evans signed on for the leading role, only to leave the project last year along with Gutierrez.
More recently, Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston signed on to star opposite Jessica Brown Findlay, with Andrea Riseborough playing a gender-swapped version of the story’s antagonist. But then Huston dropped out in June due to scheduling conflicts, and Hardy and Relativity were set scrambling to find yet another new lead.
Relativity has maintained that The Crow is still moving forward, but with the studio declaring bankruptcy, it seems as though The Crow will need to find a new home — and fast, if this thing is every going to happen.