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If it’s possible to feel sorry for a film, the remake of ‘The Crow’ certainly merits some pity. Director Corin Hardy just announced that Jack Huston, the most recent actor to have been slated for the starring role, has dropped out due to scheduling issues. Huston is also starring in the title role in the upcoming Ben-Hur movie, which may have something to do with that. Despite the setback, Hardy seemed optimisic, saying that, “‘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.” So it looks like they have backup plans and it probably won’t take them too long to choose a new lead for the film.

‘The Crow’ has had an odd production history, to say the least. The original 1994 movie suffered a tragedy when lead actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed on set. While the remake has had nothing nearly so serious happen, it has been in development hell for years, with various key figures leaving at one point or another. Still, apparently they’re continuing work on pre-production and if they’re planning on announcing the new lead role in the next couple weeks, maybe this isn’t as big of a setback as it seems.

‘The Crow’ is the story of Eric who is brutally murdered, along with his girlfriend, Shelly. With the help of a spirit guide, (the titular crow) Eric comes back from the dead as a revenant of sorts in order to wreak bloody vengeance upon their murderers. Both the original 1994 movie and this remake are based on the hit indie comic book of the same name by James O’Barr.

So, what do you think of this development? Were you surprised that this movie is still having troubles or do you think it was expected? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.