Deadline is exclusively reporting that sources tell them that Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have exited The Crow remake due to creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida.
The Crow is set in Detriot, on the 30th October, also known as Devil’s Night. A couple, on the eve of their wedding day, are brutally murderered at their apartment by a gang. Shelley Webster is raped and murdered whilst Eric Draven is stabbed, shot and falls out a window, falling five-stories. One year later, a crow lands on the headstone of Eric Draven, begins to tap it with its beak, awakening Eric from the dead. Memories of his death and Shelley’s comes flooding back to him as he arrives back at the apartment, thus has him hell bent on vengeance on the men that killed the both of them.
The report states that production was set to commence in five weeks time in Budapest, with the film well into pre-production with Corin Hardy presiding. Samuel Hadida (whose Davis Films holds the underlying rights for The Crow and was also financing the project) acquired the rights after Relativity imploded in bankruptcy. Last year Sony Pictures announced that it would be handling the worldwide distribution for the remake, even setting it to be released on the 11th October 2019. In the report, it claims its sources tell them that Hadida’s inability to close a deal with Sony Pictures left the studio in exit mode, and that directly precipitated the exits of the filmmaker and star.
Jason Momoa confirmed his departure from the remake on Instagram saying:
I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right.
At this point, they’ve tried for the best part of a decade to revive The Crow franchise and considering we’ve went from Jack Huston to Bradley Cooper to Jason Momoa over the space of a few years departing the project, I think it’s best to just put it back on the shelve for at least another decade before touching it.