When Relativity filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, some high-profile projects swiftly moved into limbo as a result of the complicated restructuring. The Crow remake was one of those projects, and this was the latest in a long line of setbacks that the reboot has encountered. The creator of the comic book (James O’Barr) was quick to offer assurances that the movie wasn’t dead; there have been no further updates since.
Recent reports suggested that director Corin Hardy had departed the movie, but speaking to Den of Geek, Hardy has confirmed he remains committed to getting The Crow into production.
“I’m absolutely involved. It’s been frustrating that we’ve had this delay, but it’s something that I’m looking forward to continuing the work that we were all in the thick of when the Relativity situation occurred. It’s a movie that I’m incredibly excited and passionate about, and something which had a big effect on me as a 17-year-old watching the original film and reading the graphic novel.”
It’s great to hear that Hardy hasn’t let the mountain of problems with Relativity sink his creative battleship, that said, the movie could easily be tied up in red tape for months to come. All things are possible in Hollywood, but Hardy will need to find a new leading man and a new script before much more can happen. Jack Huston was the latest actor to exit the role of Eric Draven earlier this year, before that Luke Evans, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper were all eyed for leading man duties.
I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of the original movie and have yet to muster much enthusiasm for the remake. The ongoing delays would deter a lesser filmmaker, but would Hardy’s efforts be better channeled into something fresh and original?
Corin Hardy's The Hallow arrives in UK cinemas on November 13, check out the trailer below.