‘The Crow’ Lawsuit Settled; Reboot Is Still Being Developed

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:32 am,

There are so many reboots/remakes of well-established properties being developed in Hollywood right now that it’s almost bigger news when one doesn’t look to be happening. For the past several months, that appeared to be the case with Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow, which lost both star Bradley Cooper and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo – all while a legal battle over distribution rights was being waged between Relativity and the Weinstein Company.

While that lawsuit never fully prevented progress from being made on the Crow reboot, the air of uncertainty surrounding the project’s ability to begin production in the near future (most likely) did help inspire the departure of both its would-be helmer and leading man – who had already begun preliminary conceptual work on the eponymous character’s renovated design.

Relativity and the Weinsteins have now settled their legal issues concerning the Crow property, along with related ones (or, rather, those that helped fuel the prolonged legal skirmish) concerning the film Nine.

To quote the official statement issued on the matter:

“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.”

Hence, momentum is once again on the side of the Crow reboot, now that there aren’t any potential legal complications hanging over its head. We should soon learn more about the project in its current state – including, an update on whether the film’s script draft penned by Alex Tse (Watchmen) is going to be either abandoned or reworked, now that Fresnadillo is no longer involved.

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Eric Draven will return (again) in 'The Crow' reboot

Even thought there’s been plenty of skepticism and fan outrage circling just about every upcoming rehashing of an older title, it seems like The Crow ranks among those that have prompted the largest outcry. That’s not so much due to the current condition of the franchise – which is basically dead in the water, following three disliked movie spinoffs and a TV show – more, it has to do with the continued adoration of director Alex Proyas’ original film adaptation of the Crow comic book series.

Proyas’ The Crow is overall a pretty loyal screen interpretation of James O’Barr’s source material – one that captures the stylishly dingy visuals and violently Gothic atmosphere of its inspiration. Hence, claims that the new version will offer an even darker (re: better) version of Eric Draven’s quest for revenge seem like a stretch. And, unlike the RoboCop remake/reboot, the filmmakers behind the Crow redo really haven’t offered much insight on how it will differ significantly from Proyas’ take on the story.

It seems like the only way to really make the Crow reboot feel that different from what’s been done before would be to play down the supernatural elements and aim to ground things more in the real world – similar to what director Marc Webb is doing with The Amazing Spider-Man and, one would assume, along the lines of what onetime Crow reboot helmer Stephen Norrington originally had planned.

Whether Relativity has something along those lines in mind still for The Crow – that remains to be seen. We will be sure to let you know where more information about the reboot’s current status is made available.

Source: Relativity Media

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  1. Do not remake this film. That is all.

    • agreed there is zero reason to remake it

      • Is there a reason to remake any film? I don’t see the point in calling this a reboot (not a remake) as all the sequels have been stand alone films.

        • It is a reboot/remake as the many names dropped for the lead are all for the character Eric Draven.

          • A reboot is not the same thing as a remake. Both similar, but different.

            • Fair point, for me, the problem with a ‘reboot’ of the Crow is using Eric Draven. Everyone has a film they love for whatever reason which they feel should not be messed with, for me its The Crow. The whole film (not just Brandon Lee) was perfctly crafted for me. I won’t be watching this movie, it is ‘my’ cult film they are messing with

    • I totally agree do not reboot the crow Brandon Lee died making this film rebooting it is disrespectful to his memory I was glad to hear when it was said that the project was in a lawsuit and production had halted.

  2. i dont like alex proyas cos he was the one who let brandon lee die

    • Totally Agree Alex Sucks

      The only way to remake this film is to stick to the original graphic novel shelly , sherry , top dollar , fun boy, etc. Also Eric must be mad and quote wierd poetry/song lyrics

  3. Lackluster reception of “The Crow: City of Angels” is proof positive why this movie should NEVER have a sequel or be remade. It’s a cult classic. Brandon Lee IS Eric Draven.

    • Agree, it’s a cult classic and the fact that Brandon Lee did pass whilst making it shows that there should be some respect for that.
      Hollywood limits aye… there’s no respect for the dead and the art they create.

  4. City of Angels was just as good as the first one, i dont understand how anyone had an issue with that movie. 3rd and 4th ones were kinda meh but watchable. Im all for a new one.

    • Because it was basically made at the feet of a dead man. Brandon lee lookalike that was IN the first one as a stand it. Not cool man.

      • Wasn’t he Brandon Lee’s stunt man?

        Either way, most of the cast never worked on another movie out respect for Mr Lee!

  5. The first one was pretty decent, and the fact that the Star Brandon Lee died making it also argues against remaking it.

    Though I would say that the original did deviate kind of far from the Comic. I wouldn’t be so against a movie that was much better at following the comic than the original.

  6. No Eric Draven would make me feel a little better about it. Honestly, how can you screw it up, you could literally cast ANYONE to play ANYONE because of the nature of the story. I saw a graphic novel that was just a bunch of short Crow stories with the Crow characted being played by men, women, and children alike. Why not do something like that, Sin City style? Three or four different short stories? Have the classic Draven-like, guy and then throw in maybe a woman/blackguy/little kid/whatever. That could make for a better story and it doesn’t have to really go back to the original story because it’s already been done.

  7. I wouldn’t mind an update.

  8. NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO. NO. NO. There is nothing about this movie that they can do better absolutely nothing. All they can do is $#@$ it up PERIOD. I will not be seeing this movie,EVER. All of my friends agree. Make another sequel if you have to, but please do not *%$# up The Crow. Because if it is remade that is the only thing that will happen.

  9. I have to agree with the majority on this, don’t remake this. It’s a classic movie, Proyas’s best film in my opinion. The soundtrack, the visuals, action, the grit…so awesome. How can you top that scene where he puts on the Crow make up with the “Cure’s burn playing in the background? totally kick ass.
    With that said though another Crow story done in the same vein with a director’s sensibilities like Nicolas Winding Refn could be interesting. Just leave the orignal alone.

    good luck hollywood.

  10. Yeah… I could give a rats ass about the remake, but more so about the settlement. Brandon Lee (R.I.P) was the best crow ever!!! Stupid Curse!!!
    If he was alive, Brandon could have been the star to many many action movies thus far. I hate when people of talent die young. If Heath Ledger did not die he could pull off as the Crow.

  11. damn hack dirctors stop trying to remake the classics come up with your own ideals stop trying to make money off others the crow doesnt need remaking tou stupid hollywood hacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. If you are against a new movie, don’t watch it. I for one miss Brandon Lee and think this is a good way to celebrate his memory – as long as they do it right. Look how the Dark Knight turned out – never mind how creepy that it was (pretty much) his last role too…. perhaps this will get young ppl to check out the original – 20 years later. RIP Brandon.

  13. In fact, I think Joseph Gordon-Levittown would make a great Eric Draven.

    • Damn auto-correct. That’s “Levitt”