Back last spring Relativity Media was pretty gung-ho about putting together a remake of the cult classic, Brandon Lee starring, goth-actioner The Crow. They had a director picked out and everything. A snag was hit, however, when The Weinstein Company claimed that they had rights to the worldwide distribution of any Crow remake or reboot and slapped them with a lawsuit. Work on the film got halted and everything was left up in the air.
That’s not the end of the story though. The last couple of days have been full of good news for people who want to see this remake happen (which is, according to your past comments on Crow articles, roughly nobody). It was announced by Relativity yesterday that the Weinsteins and Relativity had come to an out of court settlement, and they were going to go forward producing this film, arm in arm, as partners. Glad that’s settled, I just can’t stand to see indie filmmakers fight.
Now that the lawsuit is over, what’s going to happen with the movie though? Is Juan Carlos Fresnadillo still going to direct? No, according to Heat Vision they’re starting over completely with a new script and a new director. Irreparable Harm and Age Inappropriate writer Jesse Wigutow has been hired to write the new script and Before the Fall director F. Javier Gutiérrez has signed on to helm. Personally, I’ve never heard of this Wigutow guy, but that doesn’t really come as any surprise. I’m sure I haven’t heard of anybody who’s written a Crow movie before.
So there you go, Brandon Lee purists, it’s time to get on your soapboxes and complain again. The crow flies at midnight.