The reboot of The Crow has apparently lost its director and star. Again.
Just months after the film, a long-gestating new adaptation of James O'Barr's classic indie comic, was finally given a 2019 release date, director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa have reportedly withdrawn from the production. According to Deadline, Hardy and Momoa left the film Thursday morning over "creative and financial differences" with financier Samuel Hadida, just weeks before the film was set to begin filming in Budapest, Hungary. The Deadline report also notes that Sony was "close to exiting" as the distributor for the picture, even as Hardy was already well into preproduction.
Some version of a new Crow film has been in the works for about a decade at this point, and the project has hit setback after setback. Various directors and stars have been attached over the years, but Hardy — whose previous films include The Hallow and the upcoming The Nun — seemed to be the filmmaker who would stick. He stayed with the film through a legal battle over the rights and through searching for a distributor, and now, on the verge of finally rolling on The Crow, he's apparently out.
This report is unconfirmed and still developing, so there's always a chance that Hardy will somehow still be the film's director, but given this particular reboot's history of falling apart just when it seemed to be coming together, it wouldn't be surprising to find The Crow rudderless yet again.
So, what happens now? It's too early to tell. We'll continue to update you as this story develops and the major players come forward to address the news (if they do), but for now it seems that The Crow, after decades of resisting its reboot destiny, has dropped out of the sky yet again.
UPDATE: Momoa has responded to the news with a post on his official Instagram, confirming that he has indeed left the film. After noting that he's waited "8 years" to play the role of Eric Draven, Momoa made it clear that current circumstances made it difficult for him to move forward with the film, even if he's not providing a lot of detail regarding what those circumstances are. Momoa said he "can't play anything but what this film deserves" and that he will be "ready when it's right." When that will be, and what it will take to get there, isn't clear.