The Crow movie reboot has lost its star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy. If that sentence sounds familiar, it's because this is far from the first time the project has lost its key creatives; this isn't even the first time that Hardy has exited the film. However, despite its well documented struggles to get off the ground, The Crow reboot was closer than ever to becoming a real thing in recent months. The plan was for Hardy to begin shooting the film in Budapest this summer, with a Fall 2019 release date in mind and Momoa starring as the murdered musician turned vengeful specter, Eric Draven.
James O'Barr's 1989 comic book The Crow first made the jump to the big screen in 1994 with Alex Proyas' cult hit film adaptation starring Brandon Lee (who was infamously killed by a defective blank during production). Three critically-derided sequels to Proyas' movie were released over the decade that followed, before plans were made to reboot the series from the ground-up. Filmmakers Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) were attached to the project in the years before Hardy signed on, with several actors - Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, and Jack Huston among them - circling and then departing the reboot, over that same period of time.
Momoa and Hardy seemingly came closer than anyone before them to breaking this cycle on The Crow reboot, but they too have now left the project with its wheels spinning. According to Deadline, their departure was motivated by creative and financial difference with the reboot's financier Samuel Hadida, the head of Davis Films. Hadida had yet to close a deal with Sony to distribute the film worldwide and Deadline says the studio was on the verge of leaving the project, which in turn spurred Momoa and Hardy to move onto green pastures. Whether that was the case or not, the end result puts The Crow back at square one (again).
UPDATE: Momoa has further confirmed his exit from The Crow, via the following Instagram post:
I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right. Love u Corin aloha j
Both Momoa and Hardy will be keeping busy later this year promoting their new projects; Momoa is starring in James Wan's Aquaman solo film in December, whereas Hardy has The Conjuring spinoff The Nun due to open in theaters in September. At the same time, the pair now have big openings in their 2018 schedules, assuming that The Crow doesn't manage to make a miraculous last-minute recovery (which, given the reboot's strange history, isn't out of the question either). Hardy is very much an up and comer and Momoa remains an in-demand star, so their fans can expect to learn more about their new plans in the foreseeable future.
As for The Crow reboot: after so many starts and stops, one has to wonder what it will take for studios to finally write off this venture as a lost cause. Fans of both O'Barr's source comic and Proyas' movie version have never exactly been chomping at the bit (in large numbers, anyway) for a reboot and The Crow has always been a cult property, not one with mainstream appeal. That's reason enough for Hollywood to let this one rest in peace and move on but, as the history of the project itself is a testament too, the odds aren't necessarily in favor of that happening here.
We will bring you more details on The Crow as they become available.