A New Studio Could Mean New Problems for ‘The Crow Reborn’
It’s probably fair to assume that if a movie ever made a little bit of money at the box office, someone somewhere is hard at work on a reboot, prequel, sequel, or ‘reimagining’ of the franchise. Back in 2015, for example, we were inundated with rumors that The Crow was getting a reboot, first with Jack Huston playing the undead spirit of vengeance and then Justice League star Jason Momoa in the role. For a lot of movies, this means the project is well on its way, but for The Crow Reborn, the headaches had just begun. Now Relativity Media has sold the rights to their tortured production and a whole new round of rumors and speculation can begin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (via Collider), the rights to The Crow Reborn have been purchased by a new group of film financiers, with production set to begin somewhere in 2017. The Crow Reborn had been shelved since 2015 due to Relativity Media’s ongoing bankruptcy filing; since then, the movie has existed in a kind of development purgatory as Relativity sorted out its legal issues and tried to determine which of its properties to keep, which to sell, and which to simply let go.
While a new ownership group is a strong indication that The Crow Reborn will move forward sooner rather than later — we can probably assume they didn’t buy the rights to the film just to let it sit on a back shelf somewhere — as Collider points out, they may decide to replace Momoa and director Corin Hardy and take the film in a brand new direction. If speculating about the casting of sequel to The Crow is your thing, by all means, go right ahead.
Of course, none of this even answers the biggest question of all: do we really need another sequel to The Crow? The original film was a sleeper hit, opening in first place and grossing over $50 million at the box office. The Crow: City of Angels also opened in first but saw its box office plummet, only earning $13 million upon its domestic release. And that was as good as it was going to get. After The Crow: Salvation bombed with critics, Dimension Films pulled the plug on its wide release, choosing to give it only a token limited theatrical engagement. The Crow: Wicked Prayer somehow did even worse, opening in exactly one market — Seattle, Washington — before heading to video. You don’t need to be a mathematician to follow that particular trend, but it wouldn’t be the first time that The Crow rose from the dead.
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