It's been a rough road for Relativity Media's long-planned reboot of the 1994 cult classic The Crow, having most recently lost Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutiérrez as director, with newcomer Corin Hardy taking the helm in his place. After a several lead actors coming and going over the years - including Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and Tom Hiddleston - we thought we had a lead in place for the undead, vengeance-obsessed character of Eric Draven in Luke Evans (Dracula Untold).
Now, however, The Wrap reports that after recently dropping broad hints that he may soon leave the production, Evans has now formally exited the film. Evans' publicist released a statement that the actor left "to pursue other projects," which he couldn't wait any longer for in light of The Crow's seemingly endless production delays.
The Crow producer Ed Pressman had previously stated that the film would be filming by the Spring of 2015, but that was before Gutiérrez left as director to take on Rings. According to The Wrap's report, new helmer Corin Hardy signed on to direct while in post-production on his debut feature The Hallow, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
There has been no official statement from Relativity on where this leaves The Crow or if there are any other actors currently in talks to sign on for the lead. A big question in light of this latest setback has to do with director Corin Hardy's schedule. With The Hallow debuting at Sundance and without a leading man for the high profile reboot of a much-beloved property, is this a ripe opportunity for Hardy to shape the material his way or is his schedule devoted for the foreseeable future to the selling of The Hallow?
As we've pointed out before, the timing for a well-executed update of The Crow really couldn't be better, what with comic book franchises dominating the box office. Longtime fans of both director Alex Proyas' original film and the comic book seem generally supportive of a reboot which revisits the source material, and it even has the support of its creator, James O'Barr. The "dark and gritty" direction many comic book/superhero films have leaned toward is arguably due to The Crow's influence as one of the few R-rated entries into the genre.
For now, it seems that the producers and director Corin Hardy are back to square one, for better or worse. Expect an update on the status of The Crow reboot's development soon.
The Crow is currently in development, with no release date in sight.