The Crow remake comes back to life
You'll remember the uproar that The Crow was getting remade, and the news that the director would be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and that Bradley Cooper was the one to take the lead. You'll no doubt remember that this was some time ago and both Cooper and Fresnadillo have dropped off the project, that's because Relativity Media and the Weinstein Company went to court over the rights of the project and everything was halted.
Well now an announcement has been made that the rights have been settled out of court, and if someone is willing to pay to stop the court case proceeding, it's not a leap to believe that an adaptation of The Crow is not far behind.
First news came that the film had lost Stephen Norrington from the directorial chair, which I believe was a big loss on the part of the production. I know some disagree, but I happily bleat about the merits of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and let's not forget Blade.
Together with Nick Cave he had a strong vision from the film as he said back when we heard he was off the project:
"I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth...I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised."
However there was hope as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo arrived for the project, 28 Weeks Later and soon Intruders, he seemed another strong directorial choice for the project, however according to reports...Fresnadillo has left the remake of The Crow.
So that's where we were back in October of last year, and interestingly this was before we heard about the court case which would halt any production of the film. The Crow remake was grounded.
What's more is that when the court case came about the rights I wouldn't have expected any company to continue fighting to get the film released. Of course they had spent some money on the production already, but all the commentary about the idea of a remake of The Crow was loaded with warnings, if not wholly negative. I wouldn't have banked on a company fighting for the rights to the production.
A press release came out from Relativity Media through JoBlo:
"The lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company concerning The Crow has been amicably settled out of court, and the parties will continue to work on the film together as planned. In addition, Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of Nine, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media."
How wrong was I? The Crow remake looks like its back on the production line, or rather it will be. The court case is settled and they are both going to work on the project together, that means a deal has been struck and probably involves profits from the remake, which in a way is good as the two companies have a vested interest in it succeeding, although that doesn't mean it will be good.
We'll now have to listen out and hear if the production will return to the names it had secured before, Fresnadillo to direct and Cooper for the lead, or if they will restart the project, a new writer and a new team. What would you rather?