Jason Momoa And Director Walk Away From ‘The Crow’ Remake

Jason Momoa earned raves for his depiction of Aquaman in ‘Justice League’ and will headline a solo film this winter, but it looks like he was fated to only portray one comic book character.  The burly actor was attached to star in a remake of ‘The Crow’ for Sony, but he and director Corin Hardy have announced that they were walking away from this project.  Filming was due to begin within the next five weeks in Budapest but there were apparently creative and financial differences between these two talents and financier Samuel Hadida and his production company Davis Films.  The film was in “full pre-production.”

What’s particularly… weird (for lack of a better word) is that it doesn’t appear that Sony actually even had the rights to make a ‘Crow’ movie.  In September, Sony announced that they were making this reboot and even announced a release date, October 11, 2019.  But the official deal was never actually finalized and this is believed to be the reason why Momoa and Hardy exited the project.

This is the second time Hardy has been attached to direct a ‘Crow’ movie.  He signed on in 2014 when Relativity Media had the rights, but he exited the project over… um… creative and financial differences.  (Déjà vu.)  After Relativity Media declared bankruptcy, Hadida supposedly claimed the rights to ‘The Crow’, but… I guess he didn’t really.

‘The Crow’ originated in an indie comic by James O’Barr.  It was adapted into a film in 1994, falling squarely between the death of the first ‘Batman’ movie franchise and the boom in comic book movies in the late nineties.  ‘The Crow’ was expected to be the breakout film for star Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), but tragically, he died while filming when a stunt went wrong.  Even so, the film was completed and was a box office hit, leading to three additional movies– ‘The Crow: City of Angels’ with  Vincent Pérez playing a new version of The Crow, ‘The Crow: Salvation’ starring Eric Mabius and ‘The Crow: Wicked Prayer’ starring Edward Furlong.  There was also a TV series, ‘The Crow: Stairway To Heaven’ that launched in 1998 and featured Mark Decascos playing Eric Draven, the same version of the character that Brandon Lee had played.  In the late ’90s, rocker and horror fan Rob Zombie announced plans to direct a futuristic ‘Crow’ movie but it never materialized.

Hardy directed the ‘Conjuring’ spinoff ‘The Nun’ which opens on September 7, 2018.  Momoa’s solo ‘Aquaman’ movie will be released on December 21, 2018.

Are you interested in a ‘Crow’ reboot?  Are you disappointed that this film has hit another major hurdle?

Source: Deadline

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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