It seems “there ain’t no coming back” for The Crow reboot…at this time, anyway. Deadline reports star Jason Mamoa and director Corin Hardy formally exited the production this morning after “creative and financial differences” with Samuel Hadida. Hadida’s Davis Films holds underlying rights to The Crow, and was bankrolling the reboot.
This news hits just a few short weeks before the film was scheduled to start shooting in Budapest. The revenge thriller was slated to release October 11, 2019 with Sony Pictures handling worldwide distribution. Deadline states there was trouble between the Sony and Hadida closing the deal. This ultimately ruffled Sony’s feathers, and led to Mamoa and Hardy withdrawing.
Corin Hardy previously left production on The Crow reboot back when Relativity Media held the rights. The reported reason was also due to creative and financial differences. Relativity Media then filed bankruptcy, which is when Hadida swooped in and acquired the film rights. Hardy rejoined the production soon after.
Alex Proyas, who directed the 1994 adaptation starring Brandon Lee, famously made a plea on Facebook last December to leave The Crow well enough alone. Proyas argued, “THE CROW would not be a movie worth ‘remaking’ if it wasn’t for Brandon Lee.” While there have been sequels and TV shows since Lee’s iconic performance in 1994, Proyas feels studios should honor Lee’s legacy by letting The Crow “remain Brandon’s film.”
While reboots are very often met with a bit of resistance from fans, The Crow reboot has been a particularly polarizing subject. Many fans have taken the same stance as Proyas, feeling the character should be allowed to remain at rest. The news today definitely halts progress on the reboot. But where there’s a will, there’s a way when it comes to Hollywood.
Having to walk away from production twice on this supernatural revenge classic must be tough for Corin Hardy. But many horror fans are still looking forward to seeing his film The Nun hit theaters on September 17th, 2018. We’re eagerly awaiting a first trailer for The Conjuring universe spinoff with the release date only a few short months away.
How do you feel about Mamoa and Hardy walking away from The Crow reboot? Should Hollywood leave this one be, or do you think a new take on the character could be exciting to see? Sound off in the comments, and be sure to check back for more developments on this story.