The Crow Reboot Loses Jason Momoa and Director
The Crow reboot won't be taking flight anytime soon with star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy exiting the long-gestating project. Based on James O'Barr's cult graphic novel, The Crow Reborn promised a more faithful adaptation of the source material than the original 1994 movie.
According to Deadline, the duo left the movie owing to "creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds the underlying rights and who was financing the film.” The extent of those difference remains unclear, but sources at Deadline claim "Hadida’s inability to close a deal with Sony left the studio in exit mode, and that directly precipitated the exits of the filmmaker and star."
Jason Momoa issued a brief statement via Instagram;
After numerous setbacks with a revolving door of filmmakers and actors, The Crow reboot was caught up in the net of Relativity Media's bankruptcy, and it seemed doomed never to be made. However, despite previously quitting, Corin Hardy soldiered on, and his persistence paid off as Sony Pictures picked up the rights to the movie late last year. Almost a decade trapped in the depth of development hell, The Crow was finally going to take flight only to have its wings clipped at the last minute. The departure of Momoa and Hardy couldn't have happened at a worse time as production was due to start in Budapest next month.
I think it's safe to assume that the previously announced release date of October 11, 2019, is no longer a possibility as the reboot is back to square one. Maybe it's time to entertain the notion that the universe doesn't want this franchise to be revived. For now, The Crow Reborn will remain in limbo until a new filmmaker and star are onboard. Considering Hardy spent nearly four years getting The Crow camera ready, this could take some time.
Jason Mamoa returns to the DCEU (it's still a thing) later this year in Aquaman that splashes into cinemas December 21st. Directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7), the Aquaman solo movie has a lot riding on it after to the, let's say mixed, reaction to Justice League. Meanwhile, Corin Hardy directs the next Conjuring spin-off The Nun which will be haunting cinemas on September 7.