Corin Hardy and Jason Momoa Exit The Crow Reboot

Image copyright Image Comics 1999

The reboot that many thought would never actually happen may actually never happen.

The upcoming Crow reboot – starring Jason Momoa – had been pretty radio silent for a while. However, director Corin Hardy treated fans to a teaser image of himself alongside Momoa showcasing how the former Khal Drogo could have looked.

Taking to Instagram, Hardy posted the image of the pair, with Momoa wearing the iconic (and infamous) facepaint, and expressed how, despite all the hard work he and his team had put into the project, that it was simply time to call it a day.

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I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version of The Crow was never going to be for everyone, because it is a beloved film. And I say that as someone in love with it myself. But I poured everything I had into the last 3.5 years of work, to try & create something which honoured what the Crow stood for; from James O’Barr’s affecting graphic novel, to Alex Proyas’s original movie, with great respect to Brandon Lee and with the desire to make something bold and new, that myself, as an obsessive fan, could be proud of. And with @prideofgypsies Jason Momoa, and my amazing team of artists & film-makers, we came SO close. But sometimes, when you love something so much, you have to make hard decisions. And yesterday, deciding it was time to let go of this dark & emotional dream project, was the hardest decision of all. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.

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“I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version of The Crow was never going to be for everyone, because it is a beloved film. And I say that as someone in love with it myself. But I poured everything I had into the last 3.5 years of work, to try & create something which honoured what the Crow stood for; from James O’Barr’s affecting graphic novel, to Alex Proyas’s original movie, with great respect to Brandon Lee and with the desire to make something bold and new, that myself, as an obsessive fan, could be proud of.

And with @prideofgypsies Jason Momoa and my amazing team of artists & film-makers, we came SO close. But sometimes, when you love something so much, you have to make hard decisions. And [1st June], deciding it was time to let go of this dark & emotional dream project, was the hardest decision of all.

Building burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

Following this, Momoa too to his own Instagram to post his thoughts and feelings on the project, and what the future might hold for The Crow reboot.

 

“I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role,” the actor wrote. “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.”

Whilst the team of Hardy and Momoa seemed to be incredibly passionate about the project, not much progress had been announced, with updates being few and far between.

And, alongside Hardy and Momoa leaving the project, it also looks like Sony may be removing themselves from the film as well. The mass-exodus is reportedly due to financial and creative differences with Davis Films, the production company that is backing the project and the company that currently owns the film rights to the James O’Barr comic book.

The Crow was first introduced in Caliber Presents #1 in 1989, by O’Barr. Within the story, Eric Draven returns from the dead to avenge the murder of his fiancee and becomes the undead vigilante, The Crow, in the process. The comic book was infamously brought to life in the 1994 Alex Proyas movie The Crow, starring Brandon Lee.

-James, 07/06/2018

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