There are certain franchises and stories that just beg for a reboot. When a franchise is beloved by many but all attempts to bring it to the big screen fail, fans will typically get excited about any potential attempt to ‘try, try again’ to get it right. Or when a show or series is killed mid story fans will grab a hold of any potential chance of seeing their favorite characters just one more time.
Then there are stories that, for better or worse, don’t need a reboot or remake. Movies that might not have gotten everything exactly right but got close enough or had a story that was good enough on its own. Yet in todays Hollywood it seems nothing is sacred. Any franchise or movie that did reasonably well (and even a few that didn’t) is fair game to have a reboot, remake, re-imagining, re-branding or re-think done do it.
That all is a long winded lead up to the fact that in 2008 it was announced that Relativity Media had acquired the rights to the 1994 film The Crow and were planning on rebooting it but instead of the gothic and stylized look of the original film the new take would be a more “realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style” of film. Eventually Luke Evans was cast as the lead and Francisco Javier Gutiérrez signed on to direct.and things seemed to be heading in the direction of the reboot coming true.
Since then problems have plagued the film. After two years of no activity Evans dropped out and was replaced by Jack Huston. Gutiérrez left as the director and was replaced by Corin Hardy. Production was scheduled to start in spring of this year with James O’barr himself as a creative consultant on the film. Then Huston left and they were looking to recast the lead.
That was it up until a few days ago when it was announced that Relativity was filing for bankruptcy and that the remake had been “put on ice.” Which doesn’t mean it’s been canceled, just put into a state of limbo. According to an article at ScreenDaily a number of those connected to the project have expressed optimism that the production will go ahead, though how that will happen is anyone’s guess.
For now I’m just happy that Hollywood isn’t going to redo yet another film. And I hope (against hope it seems) they will start to find new material instead of rehashing the same thing over and over.Source: Screen Daily