When one studio makes a major release announcement, we often see a ripple effect from other studios as they perhaps move a few of their own releases around on the calendar, jockeying for a position to better serve them at the box office. And in that process, we sometimes also see announced films quietly disappear from the release schedule for various reasons. And such is the case with an announced project from Sony – a remake of the comic book adaptation The Crow.
Sony moving The Crow off their release schedule has an air of inevitability about it. The project has been in development for a number of years, with Sony being the most recent studio to have a run at rebooting the property. The Nun director Corin Hardy was the most recent helmer attached to the project with Jason Momoa set to star as tortured rock musician Eric Draven, who comes back from the dead to kill the criminals who murdered his fiancée and himself. But both left the project rather suddenly this past spring just as pre-production was beginning.
Most likely the studio will be putting the film back into development, hoping to find yet another director and actor combination that they feel can bring writer/artist James O’Barr’s iconic 1980s comic to the big screen.
The original film adaptation of the graphic novel was released in 1994. It was the last film of Brandon Lee, son of martial artists icon Bruce Lee, who tragically died during filming. Alex proyas, the director of the original film, has been rather negative in interviews when asked about the film being remade, expressing the concern that a potential remake could harm Lee’s legacy.