Relativity Studios' The Crow remake/reboot has gone through several different actors and directors alike. In recent years, this project has become one of those attempts to relaunch a cult property that seems to be incapable of taking the next step forward in pre-production.
For a moment there, though, things appeared to finally be rolling along smoothly for The Crow; it had locked down Corin Hardy (The Hallow) as its director, along with Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, The Longest Ride) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Birdman) as its male lead and the main villain of the story, respectively. However, the project has - yet again - hit another snag, on its way down the pipeline.
Variety is reporting that Huston has left The Crow due to scheduling conflicts. Before dropping out, the actor was pegged to take on the role of rock musician Eric Draven (originally played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film adaptation). The Crow movie franchise is, of course, based on James O’Barr’s 1989 comic book of the same name, and follows Draven on his undead quest to avenge his and his fiancé’s brutal murders.
Despite losing a key member of its cast, director Hardy recently issued a statement reaffirming his optimism that production will stay on schedule and that the finished product will please returning fans.
Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow. The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.
And that new lead could potentially be either Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) or Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), according to a Variety source close to Relativity Studios (the studio backing the project). In a similar statement, Relativity echoed Hardy's sentiment and confirmed its confidence in the director.
Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vison for The Crow, and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the big screen.
Suffice to say, with Relativity supposedly 100% invested in Hardy's "tremendous vision," it seems the director will stick it out with The Crow and not drop out due to "creative differences" (like some of his predecessors seemingly did). Nonetheless, after all this trouble, the question still remains: can The Crow reboot ultimately avoid becoming the next needless pulp entertainment revival (regardless of who calls the shots)?
The 1994 version of The Crow was haled by critics for its stylistically dark, overwrought tone, but also criticized for for its cliche plot - before it gained a cult following and spawned a couple of sequels (as well as a TV series) that were not really all that loved by even hardcore fans. For related reasons, it will be interesting to see if Hardy attempts to recreate the successfully dreary mood of the 1994 film or instead brings something new to the (remade) table.
Still, with Forest Whitaker in talks to join the cast and what appears to be an unusual synergy between studio and director, The Crow hasn't fallen off the track completely, even with Huston now out. Whether or not it can on that track hereon out, though, remains to be seen.
The Crow does not currently have an official release date.
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