As we reported yesterday, star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have both exited the long-gestating reboot of ‘The Crow’. This comes amid reports of “creative and financial differences,” according to Deadline. Reportedly, these include difficulties that Davis Films head Samuel Hadida has had with closing a distribution deal with Sony Pictures.
Now Momoa, who in the past has displayed an obvious enthusiasm for the both the film and its source material, has taken to Instagram to make his first comment on his departure from the film. In the post, Momoa love for the role and disappointment at being unable to see the project through to completion rang loud and clear.
Momoa’s full statement reads as follows:
“I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right. Love u Corin aloha j.”
You could be forgiven for thinking this project might be cursed. Described less as a remake of director Alex Proyas’ 1994 cult classic than a newer, ostensibly more faithful adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic of the same name, ‘The Crow’ has languished in development hell for a full decade. During that time, the film has gained and lost a litany of directors and stars, with Momoa and Hardy merely the latest in a long line.
This most recent attempt, however, marks the closest the film has come to actually entering production. Filming was scheduled to begin in Budapest this summer for an October 2019 release. Clearly, that is now decidedly less likely.
Be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more on ‘The Crow’ reboot – if there even is one at this point – as it becomes available.