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.
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