After the long-gestating reboot of The Crow sat in limbo for years watching directors and stars come and come and go Sony finally gave the movie an October 2019 release date with Corin Hardy directing and Aquaman actor Jason Momoa set to star.
Today news has come via Deadline that The Crow won’t be arriving as planned. In fact, both Hardy and Momoa have now walked away from the movie. Deadline is reporting that both “formally withdrew from the film this morning.” The site also says that “Sony is close to exiting as the film’s worldwide distributor.”
I’m told this has to do with creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds the 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.” Deadline also stated.
Momoa made a statement via Instagram about stepping away from the movie. He also gave us a look at what he would have looked like as the character Eric Draven.
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
Alex Proyas, director of the original 1994 film, expressed his concern that a remake might tarnish the legacy left behind by Brandon Lee, who played Eric Draven. While I’m a huge fan of both Hardy and Momoa, I have to agree with Proyas. Besides, there are some movies that just can’t be topped by a remake. Maybe it’s time to let the thought of rebooting The Crow rest in peace.