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The career trajectory of Alex Proyas is one that personally fills me with great sorrow, having lapped up his early work with glee. Breaking into the Hollywood mainstream with The Crow, and then immediately following that up with the weird and wonderful Dark City, the Australian director proved to be an endlessly inventive talent with an eye for wholly unique visuals. Then Knowing saw all the good will he had garnered come crashing down with a tornado of preposterous storytelling, muddy science, and Nic Cage going full Nic Cage. He hasn’t been seen or heard of for seven years, and now he makes his come back with Gods of Egypt, a wannabe epic fantasy that got off to the wrong foot that whitewashed a cast of Egyptian deities with the likes of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, and Geoffrey Rush. That proved to be the last of it’s worries though, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ancient Egypt - a land of pyramids, colossal statues and unconvincing scorpions. Did you know that, in the time of the pharoahs, gods lived among ordinary mortals and could transform into huge, fire-spouting robots? Director Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Egypt may have been demolished by critics when it appeared in the Us earlier this year, but it’s certainly educational.
Proyas previously brought us such dark and moody delights as The Crow and Dark City, but Gods Of Egypt is completely unlike anything he’s made before. It’s big, it’s camp, it’s awash with CGI which varies in quality from shot to shot. In style and tone, it belongs in that same odd category of action fantasy films as Louis Leterrier’s Clash Of The Titans »
That's right, the story of the twenty-year battle to remake The Crow hasn't reached its end yet. This is a film that's been a revolving door of talent. On the long list of actors who took up the lead of this film at one point or another are Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Bradley Cooper, and Jack Huston. The movie has also had a good handful of directors enter and exit the project over the course of its failed development.
The latest of these directors was Corin Hardy, who was reportedly fired from the project in March of this year. This led to legal action taken by the film's producer Ed Pressman, who gave Relativity rights to sequels, and by firing Hardy without his consultation, they had supposedly violated their agreement. There's been no real word since March about this legal battle.
Now, in a throwaway line from a recent Deadline report, »
- Joseph Medina
The survival of mankind hangs in the balance, as the classic mythology of Egypt is brought to life. Little before-seen concept art for the fantasy film, ‘Gods of Egypt,’ is showing that battle for endurance, as the drama is gearing up for its home release. The action movie is now available on Digital HD, and is also set to be released on Ultra 4K, 3D Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, May 31. The adventure movie stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush. ‘Gods of Egypt’ was directed by ‘The Crow’ and ‘I, Robot’ helmer, Alex Proyas, and was written by Matt [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
In anticipation of this summer’s debut of the new Ghostbusters film, Sony is releasing the original Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel in a shiny new release on home video. It’s exciting news for Ghostbusters fans who salivate over bonus featurettes and high-quality picture. But there’s a problem. The problem: There’s a Ghostbuster missing from the Blu-ray’s cover. Neither Ernie Hudson’s name nor his picture is on the cover for this new release of the 1984 film. Oh, wait, there he is! Down at the bottom… with the Ghostbusters logo covering up his head. Really? You’d think Sony would take this opportunity to right a wrong — Winston Zeddemore’s been the marginalized Ghostbuster more than once in the past — but nope, Hudson still didn’t make the cover. Hudson is also nowhere to be seen on the original poster for the film. His name’s not »
- Emily Rome
It looks like the long-planned remake of The Crow will need to find itself another director, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Corin Hardy (The Hallow) has exited the troubled project, which was slated to go into production this month.
Hardy was the latest filmmaker to attached to the remake, but has now seemingly gone the way of previous directors Stephen Norrington (Blade), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall).
According to reports, Relativity and producer Dana Brunetti removed Hardy as director on the film at the end of January, prompting the Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, producers of the 1994 movie, to launch a legal challenge to deny Relativity Media the rights to sequels, prequels and remakes of the cult film.
Surely it’s time to give this one up?
- Gary Collinson
The Crow reboot has claimed yet another victim as director Corin Hardy now leaves the project. It was only last week that we sat down with Hardy to discuss his debut feature The Hallow, during which we spoke briefly about The Crow. At the time he shared that, as far as he knew, he was still involved in the project and was excited to start putting his extensive pre-production work into action.
I can say that I am still set to make The Crow and that we are awaiting the Relativity situation to settle. Until that happens I’m just waiting. I’m a huge fan of the original and I’ve done a lot of work already and I’m excited to get going.
- Kat Hughes
Just when we thought The Crow was ready to take flight after surviving Relativity Media’s recent bankruptcy – reports even suggested the long-long-gestating project would be jettisoned in front of the cameras this month – The Wrap brings word that production has hit another roadblock.
This time round, it’s director Corin Hardy that has jumped ship. First signing on to helm the troubled project back in 2014, Hardy’s stint on The Crow remake outlasts most other filmmakers that have come and gone – namely Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and F. Javier Guitierrez – but it looks certain producer Dana Brunetti will be hitting the hard reset button for the umpteenth time.
Neither party is yet to release an official statement at the time of writing, but Hardy’s own Tweet from last night really says it all.
- Michael Briers
Back in November, Relativity's long-delayed remake of The Crow seemed to be finally heading in the right direction. Director Corin Hardy signed a new holding deal with the studio, just months after rumors surfaced that he was ready to leave the project. Production was slated to begin sometime in the spring of 2016, after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy proceedings, but now the project is tied up in yet another legal snafu. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Edward R. Pressman has filed court documents today seeking to deny Relativity the rights to make this remake and any future projects, after they quietly fired director Corin Hardy.
Edward R. Pressman signed a deal with Relativity back in 2009 that gave studio president Ryan Kavanaugh the option to make three Crow movies. That option was exercised in 2014, which gave the studio three years to start production, or the rights reverted back to the producer. »
Word broke Wednesday that the clearly-cursed reboot of The Crow has lost yet another director, this time in the form of The Hallow director Corin Hardy. This marks the fourth such loss for the project, which previously had Stephen Norrington (Blade), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) attached at the helm. The film has additionally cycled through a laundry list of Eric Dravens, with Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Luke Evans and Jack Huston all attached to the lead role at one time or another. According to papers lodged in bankruptcy court by the film's producer Edward R. Pressman, Hardy was let go from the project in January by Dana Brunetti, incoming production head for Crow distributor Relativity Media, despite the fact that Brunetti had not yet assumed his role at the company. Pressman is attempting to deny Relativity, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last July, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The long troubled remake of "The Crow" franchise has hit a snag yet again.
Legal and financial issues have prevented the new adaptation of the cult comic from going forward over the years with actors like Luke Evans and Jack Huston along with several directors linked at one point or another.
Then Relativity Media, who had the option on the rights and were trying to progress with it, filed for bankruptcy and is still crawling its way out of that mess. Now original rights holders Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, who optioned the rights to Relativity in 2009, have filed papers in court in order to deny Relativity any sequel, prequel, or remake rights to the film.
- Garth Franklin
If you thought that Relativity Media was done responding to complaints at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, think again. In filings today, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp asked Judge Michael Wiles to take away Relativity’s rights to make sequels to the 1994 film The Crow. Among other things, the producer says that Relativity allowed Dana Brunetti to fire director Corin Hardy from the project in late January — even though Brunetti isn’t yet officially in charge of the studio’s film and… »
1994’s The Crow is considered a cult classic that has spawned many sequels, prequels, toys, t-shirts, posters and other merchandise. Even though the films and short lived television series have been met with lukewarm to negative reactions, the higher up’s in the film industry still see this property as a very viable cash cow.
Corin Hardy is the latest director to be unseated by Relativity Media, the last in a long line of big names such as Stephen Norrington and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Actors such as Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, James McAvoy, and the latest two being Jack Huston and Luke Evans, have all been attached to the doomed project at some point in time.
- Jonathan Ricco
It seems that some franchises just cannot come back from the dead. We live in a world where superhero series dominate above all else, but ironically, the one hero who can’t seem to get out of development hell is undead vigilante The Crow. The gothic superhero has maintained a cult following for the last two decades, with many wondering if the hero will ever find his way back to the silver screen. A new film based onThe Crow has long been rumored, and even recently gained momentum at Relativity Media. However, it now looks like the film may finally be dead and buried. According to a new report from THR, a newly reorganized Relativity Media has run into some major trouble in their efforts to reboot The Crow. The report indicates that the Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation – who produced the original 1994 version of The »
Alex Proyas may still be licking his wounds after his latest effort, the big-budget fantasy epic “Gods of Egypt,” flopped hard with critics and audiences alike (he has subsequently gone on record as comparing film critics to “diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass,” but that’s another story). “Gods of Egypt” will eventually be forgotten, and while the jury is out as to whether or not Proyas still has a great film left in him, there was a time back in the mid-to-late 1990s when he was a director whose work was singular. Proyas is probably best known for his brooding rock n’ roll revenge yarn “The Crow,” but I would argue that his 1998 neoi-noir “Dark City” is actually a better film: weirder, but more assured in its execution, and impressive in its conjuring of a hellish nightmare world. Read More: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores The »
- Nicholas Laskin
The cast sees the reviews! The Horror. The Horror.The ill begotten would be blockbuster Gods of Egypt, directed by Alex Proyas (I Robot, The Crow), is currently enjoying a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; you could call that score bad luck but for the fact that the movie fully earns it.
Still... There's something enjoyable about tallying up the ways it goes wrong. It continually charges toward its own spectacular idiocy with gusto. Despite heaps of exposition it never makes a lick of sense, explaining rules only to break them. It mounts each action sequence with zero artistry in disguising its shameful lust to earn extra $ as a video game (you half expect congratulatory text and bonus points on screen a la Scott Pilgrim vs The World). It builds its own crazy as high as its in-movie Tower of Babel. It wants to play with surreal Egyptian imagery but is »
- NATHANIEL R
A remake/reboot/reimagining/regurgitation of Alex Proyas' The Crow has been in the works for a number of years but has almost always found itself hitting a wall before production could begin. The latest attempt at bringing The Crow back to life was being set up at Relativity Media and that project experienced a revolving door of actors set to play Eric Draven, including Luke Evans and Jack... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The past week must’ve been rough for director Alex Proyas. His career has had its ups and downs, including his scrapped adaptation of Paradise Lost, but these last few days, in particular, haven’t been great. Critics ripped Gods of Egypt apart and audiences didn’t show up for the pricey adventure movie. Following the disastrous opening, Proyas then wrote a […]
- Jack Giroux
Famous Monsters. Welcome to the Crypt! Let’s just jump right in; what inspired ya to create Kill Or Be Killed?
Justin Meeks. I have always had a special place in my heart for westerns, and a burning desire to make one. Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Peckinpah, and others have brought their visions into my living room many times. So, after our film Wild Man Of The Navidad was sold at Tribeca, we had a meeting with the Weinstein Co. They were interested in what was on the back burner, and we pitched them a rough idea for Kill Or Be Killed, untitled at the time. They seem to love it, and that inspired Duane »
Gods of Egypt could have been amazing. Two things I enjoy very much are Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot) films and Egyptian mythology. So when the two came together, I had high hopes that Proyas could deliver a visually-stunning film that hit the right notes, story wise; was cast with fine actors stepping outside their comfort zones; and had some heart. I got one out of three.
Gods of Egypt is the story of a battle between two mythological Egyptian gods, the handsome, charismatic Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and the gruff, always-shouting Set (Gerard Butler), who battle each other for the right to rule the land of the Nile after their father, Osiris (Bryan Brown), decides to abdicate. Horus is the chosen god, the righteous, yet cocky and selfish god of the air, and Set is the war-driven god of the dark. One good, one bad; you figure out which is which. »
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