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One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from »
The phrase “development hell” is tossed around a lot these days, but few films know the meaning of it better than the long-mooted reboot of The Crow. The project, which has been percolating under various creative gazes for almost a decade now, and has seen several high-profile actors come and go (Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans were all at one time attached), hit a new stumbling block with the disintegration of its financier Relativity.
This still hasn’t dissuaded the character’s original creator James O’Barr though, who feels the reboot is still healthy.
Talking as part of a panel at the Twin Tiers Comic-Con in New York, O’Barr had this to say:
“It’s still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like »
- Daniel Kelly
Despite its apparent death though, the franchise's creator James O'Barr says the project is still very much alive. Speaking at the Twin Tiers Comic Con in New York State last weekend, O'Barr told ComicBook.com:
"It's still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they're in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can't get backing again. It's going to happen."
O'Barr has reportedly been in touch with Pressman Films who've advised that the property should be able »
- Garth Franklin
The recent bankruptcy of Relativity Media appeared to have taken with it a few projects, not least the long-mooted reboot of The Crow. The movie was in the early stages of pre-production, with sets being built and director Corin Hardy in place, when Relativity finally collapsed. And that, not for the first time, seemed to be that for the project.
However, according to the creator of the comic book, James O'Barr, The Crow is still heading back to the movies. Chatting at Twin Tiers Comic Con in New York, he said that "it's still very much a live property".
O'Barr then elaborated further. "The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad »
Fans of The Crow desperately awaiting the reboot haven't had the best of luck over the past few years. Earlier this month, the project's studio home, Relativity Media, filed for bankruptcy, stalling it yet again, despite reports that the studio still planned on starting production this fall. James O'Barr, who created the comic book the original movie and the reboot is based on, revealed at the Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, NY last weekend that the movie will still happen, once they find a new studio. Here's what he had to say at the Twin Tiers panel, hosted by ComicBook.com.
"It's still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they're in financial trouble. So the producers are just »
The collapse of Relativity Media has directly affected many titles, including Jane Got A Gun and Masterminds, but one could argue that The Crow reboot has been hit the worst. The film has been struggling for years and years through development, regularly losing directors and lead actors, and now it appears as though the floor has dropped out completely. But if you think this is enough to shut the project down completely, you may want to think again. The Crow creator James O'Barr took part in a panel as part of the Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, NY, and according to ComicBook.com he is saying that the reboot is still alive. Discussing the troubled project, O'Barr gave a bit of a backhanded slap to Relativity, saying, It.s still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it »
After Street Fighter laid the groundwork for the fighting game, Mortal Kombat hit the scene, setting a high-water mark for realistic digitized graphics and pushing boundaries with its high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities. It sparked so much controversy for its depiction of extreme violence and gore that it led to the creation of the Esrb (the video game rating system). The release of Mortal Kombat for home consoles by Acclaim Entertainment was one of the largest video game launches of all time, with a $10 million marketing campaign that dubbed the date “Mortal Monday.” No surprise, then, that a game this controversial and popular would pique the interest of money-hungry Hollywood executives looking to cash in. Mortal Kombat the movie enjoyed a 3-week run at the top of the Us box office, earning over $122 million worldwide. In addition to toys, »
The Crow reboot has hit another snag. THR is reporting that pre-production has completely stalled, with an entire production crew said to have left the project. The blame, this time, lies with the studio, Relativity Media, which filed for bankruptcy on Thursday. This is only the latest in a long line of disasters for the reboot, leaving it perennially stuck in development hell for years. The project has so far endured a string of high profiling casting exists and a revolving door of directors. Its star, Jack Huston, only bowed out of the movie a few weeks ago - following on from Luke Evans' departure in January. Both actors were in line to play the lead role of 'Eric Draven' - a role made famous by Brandon Lee's iconic performance in the 1994 cult classic. The project finally looked like it was picking up steam earlier this year, with Jessica Brown Findlay, »
Here we go again! Just as production on the long-delayed Fletch Remake beings to heat up, The Crow beings to cool down. Way down. Even though things have been looking better for the reboot, it has been troubled ever since it was announced. So much so, some believe it is cursed, a thought that goes all the way back to the original 1994 The Crow, which saw star Brandon Lee shot and killed on set. Creator of the comic book James O'Barr claims that $20 million has already been spent trying to get this new iteration off the ground. And while claims were made that the production would still shoot in the fall, despite Relativity filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it seems that initial report was a little premature.
Wow! Have we seen some unexpected things at the cinema this year! Shocking movie scenes are the things of legend. When they happen, they can make the film a "must see" or a "must leave." Quite simply, they are the thing that oftentimes get us to fork over our hard earned loot. And other times, they have us closing our eyes, squirming in our chair, or reaching for that empty popcorn bag to use as a vomit catcher!
Despite how many times we see a shocking scene, we never grow tired of them. Sure, not every movie can be The Crying Game or The Sixth Sense, but many times we will settle for merely a 'good' shock simply because so few films have them. As any discerning movie watcher will tell you, a shocking moment in and of itself isn't enough to make a movie good. However, if it works »
Now available from Tor Books is the Nightbreed sequel anthology, Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed, featuring an introduction by Barker and short stories from a wide range of great writers. We've been provided with one copy of Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed to give away.
"Clive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominated for three Saturn Awards and won several prizes at European film festivals.
Midian Unmade tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge.
Contributors include: Karl Alexander, »
- Derek Anderson
Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.
Production on the remake of cult classic The Crow has been “suspended”, according to multiple sources close to the film.
Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.
While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s Us backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow”.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Who you gonna call? First pictures of new Ghostbusters revealed
Everything we know so far about the all-female Ghostbusters
But what happened to the stars of the original movie after it hit big in the '80s? Digital Spy goes then and now with the stars of Ghostbusters to find out their career moves after giving up ghoul-catching.
A familiar face on Us TV screens thanks to Saturday Night Live, Murray transitioned to movie stardom effortlessly in Meatballs, Caddyshack and Stripes before hitting it huge as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.
Roles in Groundhog Day and Kingpin followed before he was embraced by indie darlings Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. More recently Murray has kept us entertained with a handful of eccentric public and chatshow appearances, »
Whoever's in charge of casting on the new movie of The Crow has, we'd suspect, had easier jobs. When the project was first mooted, there was talk of Bradley Cooper taking on the lead role (made famous on the big screen, of course, by the late Brandon Lee). But then when Cooper ultimately passed (not that he ever committed, to be fair), Luke Evans signed up to take the part on. Evans hinted he was quitting The Crow at the end of last year, and did indeed walk away from the movie. And with actors such as Tom Hiddleston linked, it was eventually Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston who agreed to take the lead role on.
Huston was the latest in a long series of Hollywood stars in line to play undead vigilante Eric Draven, a role famously played by Brandon Lee in a 1994 cult classic.
Boardwalk Empire star Huston was confirmed for the role earlier this year, but TheWrap reports that scheduling conflicts will prevent him from remaining on board.
Luke Evans was officially attached to play Eric »
Something is really giving Relativity a hard time as it tries to assemble a reboot of The Crow. The film, based on the comic series by James O’Barr which led to the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, has been in development for years. A dizzying array of directors and actors has been attached to the project in that […]
- Russ Fischer
Huston was set to play the title role made famous by the late Brandon Lee in the original film, but has had to drop the project due to scheduling issues around other projects. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is directing the film.
On Huston’s departure, Hardy told Variety: “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow….The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Relativity Studios, who are making the film, also said on Huston’s departure: “Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future… »
- Scott J. Davis
Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow has lost another leading man. According to Variety, Jack Huston has had to step away from the project because of scheduling conflicts. Huston (Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle) would have played the lead role of Eric Draven; a guitarist who is murdered along with his girlfriend, and is resurrected one year later to seek vengeance on their killers. “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow,” Hardy said in a statement. “‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.” Apparently Relativity is already looking at Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell, among others, as possible replacements. Earlier today we found out that Forest Whitaker was in talks to play Ernie Hudson »
Relativity is once again searching for a new actor to star in its remake of “The Crow,” as Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) has exited the project due to a scheduling issue, TheWrap has learned. Corin Hardy is directing the movie, which is a remake of Alex Proyas’ 1994 classic based on the comic by James O’Barr. Brandon Lee starred alongside Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson in the original movie. Andrea Riseborough and Forest Whitaker are in talks to take on Wincott and Hudson’s respective roles as villain Top Dollar and cop-turned-ally Sgt. Albrecht. Also Read: Forest Whitaker in Talks »
- Jeff Sneider
The “Boardwalk Empire” star was slated to take on the role originated by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film of the same, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. “The Crow” is currently in pre-production in Wales.
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow,'” said director Corin Hardy in a statement. “‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Relativity Studios is backing the film, and is eyeing Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell, among others, as possible replacements. The studio is currently in negotiations to bring Forest Whitaker on board the project in another role, according to a source close to Relativity. »
- Brent Lang
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