It came as quite a shock last week when both the director and the star of Sony’s planned reboot of ‘The Crow’ walked away from the project after having been attached for years and with the film to begin production in just over a month. The split is blamed on creative and financial differences, mostly stemming from the fact that the actual rights to ‘The Crow’ are held by Davis Films and that a deal had not been finalized for Sony to distribute it.
Director Corin Hardy took to Instagram to discuss his decision to leave the production and described it as “the hardest decision of all.”
I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version of The Crow was never going to be for everyone, because it is a beloved film. And I say that as someone in love with it myself. But I poured everything I had into the last 3.5 years of work, to try & create something which honoured what the Crow stood for; from James O’Barr’s affecting graphic novel, to Alex Proyas’s original movie, with great respect to Brandon Lee and with the desire to make something bold and new, that myself, as an obsessive fan, could be proud of. And with @prideofgypsies Jason Momoa, and my amazing team of artists & film-makers, we came SO close. But sometimes, when you love something so much, you have to make hard decisions. And yesterday, deciding it was time to let go of this dark & emotional dream project, was the hardest decision of all. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.
This was Hardy’s second shot at reinventing ‘The Crow’, as he was previously attached to helm a version for Relativity Media. Obviously, this material holds a lot of value to him.
Momoa, who would have played the titular anti-hero also released a statement via Instagram, reading:
“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.”
Hardy’s next project that will hit theaters is ‘The Nun’ an extention of ‘The Conjuring’ series of movies, which will arrive on September 7. Momoa will next be seen in the DC Comics movie ‘Aquaman’ which opens on December 21.
Are you still interested in seeing a new version of ‘The Crow’ on the big screen?
Source: Entertainment Weekly