A reboot of The Crow — Alex Proyas' '90s goth classic starring Brandon Lee and based on the indie comic by James O'Barr — has been in the works for nearly a decade. A host of directors (Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and more) and a host of stars (Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, and more) have been attached, but the film slipped into the darkest pits of development hell when its studio, Relativity, folded. Now The Crow, much like its lead character, is getting new life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has signed on to the long-gestating project as a distributor, giving the film new heft as it continues its fight to get to the big screen. Last year, after a legal battle in which producer Edward R. Pressman fought to take away any creative control from Relativity, the film landed new producers. Last fall it was announced that Samuel Hadida's Davis Films, Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow would finance, produce, and distribute the film. Now Sony's come aboard as a distributor, and while all of those companies are still attached (along with Kevin Misher of Misher Films), this definitely ups the likelihood of the film finally getting made.
As far as the creative team goes, THR reports that Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy are still likely to stay on as star and director, respectively. Pressman has promised for a long time that the film, titled The Crow Reborn, will be a more faithful adaptation of O'Barr's work rather than the gothic fantasy presented by Proyas. That, apparently, is still the plan.
So The Crow Reborn refuses to stay dead. At this point, even if you're not enthusiastic about a reboot, you kinda have to root for this movie just to see if it will actually happen.