Just when it looked as if The Crow was back on track, the long-planned reboot has been derailed again by the departure of its star and director.
Deadline reports actor Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy exited the production today, as Sony appeared ready to withdraw as the film's worldwide distributor. The website attributes those issues to creative and financial differences with Davis Films, which holds the film rights and is financing the project.
Based on James O'Barr's cult comic, The Crow was originally adapted for film in 1994 by Alex Proyas, with Brandon Lee starring as Eric Draven, who's resurrected to seek revenge against those who killed him and his fiancee. A remake, or reboot, has been in development since at least 2009, but has run into numerous obstacles, most notably the bankruptcy of Relativity Media.
During that time, the film has passed through several directors, from Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Stephen Norrington to Javier Gutierrez and Hardy. Just as many actors have been linked to the lead role, with Momoa only the latest in a succession that includes Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans and Jack Huston.
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After much speculation, Momoa announced in November that he was teaming with Hardy on the film; Sony staked out an Oct. 11, 2019, release date earlier this year.
Production was set to begin within the next five weeks in Budapest.