James O’Barr, creator of ‘The Crow,’ swears that the movie has not in fact been cancelled. While Relativity Media falling apart seems like it would have been the nail in the coffin for this reboot that just can’t get a break, it now sounds as if it is somehow still moving forward. From director changes to losing one lead actor after another the movie has just been plagued with problems. You would think that the studio putting it together going under would finally do it in but that doesn’t seem to actually being the case.
At a panel at Twin Tiers Comic Con O’Barr was asked about the film :
“It’s still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they’re in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can’t get backing again. It’s going to happen.”
While this could still mean that the version which has been in pre-development for years may be dead in the water it is clear that the owners still want to have it see the light of day. Of course, with the massive speedbumps along the way it could likely end up being that no other studio would want to pick up the project. So even though the rights would be available, someone has to actually work out a deal with Pressman Films.
If you have that same concern that I first had, you’d be wrong as O’Barr says that it would have a home within a couple of weeks:
“The day Relativity announced that they were having financial problems, there were like a dozen other studios that called about getting The Crow property. It definitely will happen.”
It looks as if we will indeed be seeing a new take on ‘The Crow’ happening even if Relativity fully pulls out from the movie. That being said, if a new studio does pick it up they go back to considering Sam Witwer for the starring role.
At this point, as it sounds like the movie will happen one way or another, would you rather see Relativity find the funding to make it or with all of the problems they’ve had would you prefer another studio had a shot with the film? Share your thoughts below!