The long-gestating remake of “The Crow”, said to be titled “The Crow Reborn”, has had its wings clipped. Again.
In news sure to please fans of the cult classic original starring the late Brandon Lee, Deadline reports that star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy left the birdcage this morning, seemingly frustrated with the many issues they’ve been facing trying to get The Crow airborne again.
Says Deadline, “I’m told this has to do with creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds underlying rights and who was financing the film. Production was gearing up to start within the next five weeks in Budapest, and the picture was in full pre-production with Hardy presiding.”
Last September it was reported that Sony Pictures had snagged distribution rights to the film and had scheduled “The Crow Reborn” in for an October 11, 2019 release. Apparently, a deal never closed with Sony, and that precipitated Momoa and Hardy’s exit.
Considering the rising profiles of both Momoa, who has “Aquaman” coming out, and Hardy, whose next film is “The Conjuring” spin-off “The Nun”, their combined departure is a big loss for “The Crow” reboot.
Momoa suggests in an Instagram post that he might be encouraged to return to the movie – but only when it’s ready.
”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.”