If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard anything from The Crow reboot in a while, then we may have the answer, as it has been revealed that the project has lost both star Jason Momoa, and director Corin Hardy.
It isn’t the first time that the film has lost its talent – and it isn’t even the first time that Hardy has exited the project – however, recent months saw the reboot get closer than ever to becoming real. The plan was that Hardy would begin shooting the film in Budapest this summer, with a Fall 2019 release date on the table, and Momoa starring as murdered musician-turned-vengeful spectre, Eric Draven.
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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
James O’Barr’s 1989 comicbook, The Crow, first hit the big screen in 1994 with Alex Proyas’ iconic cult hit starring Brandon Lee (who was famously killed during the film’s production with a defective blank). From there, three critically-panned sequels were released in the decade that followed, before plans formed to reboot the series from scratch.
Filmmakers Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) were attached it the project in the years before Hardy joined, with several actors, including Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, James McAvoy and Jack Huston, rumoured to be joining the reboot in that period of time.
According to Deadline, Momoa and Hardy’s departure was motivated by financial and creative differences with the film’s financier, Samuel Hadida of Davis Films. Hadida had yet to close a deal with Sony on worldwide distribution, and Deadline reports that the studio were on the verge of leaving the project, which pushed Momoa and Hardy to move on to other things.
This is an unfortunate development, as Momoa has stated numerous times how excited he was to take on the role of Eric Draven, but for now it seems that The Crow reboot is back at square one.