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Jan272012

'The Crow' reboot underway, again

Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have agreed on a settlement regarding their dispute over the seemingly doomed remake of cult 1994 classic The Crow, reports Deadline

The dispute originated from a disagreement over the 2009 film Nine, when Relativity accused The Weinstein Company of failing to live up to commitments regarding the distribution of the film. They consequently decided to proceed with a different distributor for their remake of The Crow despite both companies already having an agreement in place. An out of court settlement was agreed ahead of what was looking like a lengthy battle and both parties now seem committed to the project having moved quickly to sign F. Javier Guttierez to direct and Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) to write the script, with Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum previously rumored to take the lead role.

The original movie, based on the 1989 comic book by James O’Barr, featured Eric Draven, a murdered rock star brought back from the dead to avenge his and his fiancee’s murders. It gained cult status due largely to the on-set death of lead actor Brandon Lee who received an accidental gunshot wound whilst filming one of the scenes. The finale of the movie was consequently rewritten and finished with already filmed scenes featuring the actor.

The remake had previously been set to star Bradley Cooper, of The Hangover fame, in what was considered by many as disastrous miscasting. Directors such as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo have also come and gone from the project. Some disappointing concept art of Cooper as the title character showed a move away from the classic Crow look much to the disappointment of fans. The legal dispute may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as the actor dropped out as a result of it. Hopefully a new director will mean a rethink in style and we’ll get to see something more in line with the original.

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