The Crow reboot has had a rough time getting off the ground. Once in development at Relativity, the film was shelved following Relativity Media’s bankruptcy filing and never recovered even after the studio emerged from Chapter 11. Now, THR is reporting that The Crow reboot is leaving Relativity and that the rights to the film have been acquired by a group led by Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films.
Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films has teamed with Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow to acquire the rights to finance, produce, and distribute The Crow Reborn. In addition to handling international sales, Highland Film Group will produce the film alongside Electric Shadow. Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film, will return to produce the reboot alongside Samuel Hadida with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh serving as executive producer.
Edward R. Pressman expressed his excitement over the new partnership.
“I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented team and return The Crow franchise to its roots for a new generation of audiences to enjoy.”
Actor Jason Momoa, best known for his role as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones, had been attached to star with Colin Hardy directing the project, though it is unclear if they will remain on board following these developments.
The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Jason Lee, told the story of a rock musician named Eric Draven who is revived from the dead to avenge his own death as well as the rape and murder of his fiancée. The reboot is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel written by James O’Barr.
Principal photography on The Crow Reborn is scheduled to begin in 2017.