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. »
Gods of Egypt hasn’t been faring well with critics [read our review here] or at the box office, where it tanked with an opening weekend of just $14 million. This seems to have triggered its director Alex Proyas to undergo a complete meltdown. Below is what he had to say on Facebook…
Nothing Confirms Rampant Stupidity Faster…
Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience – but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic’s flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity.
You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead. »
- Robert Kojder
Back in November, it was revealed that the long-awaited remake of The Crow will finally start shooting this spring, after Relativity Media emerges from its bankruptcy proceedings. Director Corin Hardy is on board to direct, although the project still hasn't cast its lead character Eric Draven quite yet. While we wait for more updates on this project, Alex Proyas, who directed the original 1994 classic The Crow, chimed in with his thoughts on the reboot, while promoting his new movie Gods of Egypt with Collider. Here's what he had to say below.
"I personally feel like it's kind of unnecessary. I've said this many times, I've completed the original movie to honor Brandon and that's the sole reason I did it. I'm happy I did it for that reason. I sort of feel like it's his legacy and I personally don't have a lot of time for people trying to reignite that movie in other ways. »
The 1994 film The Crow will always be remembered because of the tragic death of its star, Brandon Lee, during the film.s production. The movie has gone on to achieve a cult status among fans, in large part because of the terrible accident. Recent years have seen an ongoing attempt to remake the movie, but the original director of The Crow really wishes they would stop, as any remake would surely have an impact on the legacy of the original. Alex Proyas is currently back in theaters with his most recent directorial effort, Gods of Egypt. Collider recently sat down with him and asked him about both his current and earlier work including The Crow, the film that brought Proyas into a national spotlight. When asked about the continuing efforts to produce a remake, Proyas gave a very honest assessment. He feels that the original movie should be allowed to »
Gods of Egypt was one of three new releases that went up against two-time box office champion Deadpool this weekend, but it failed to dethrone the superhero adventure. Deadpool ended up winning for a third weekend in a row with $31.5 million. Gods of Egypt debuted in second place with $14 million, while working from a massive budget of $140 million, making it the first high-profile bomb of 2016. The movie also failed to impress critics, with just a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Earlier this morning, Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas took to his personal Facebook page to trash the critics who dismissed his movie.
"Nothing Confirms The Rampant Stupidity Of Man-kind... Like reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, »
Forget "13 Hours." With "Gods of Egypt," 2016 has its first bonafide megaflop.
That may seem a harsh way to describe a movie that opened near the high end of predictions, with an estimated $14.0 million, placing second only to the still-unstoppable "Deadpool." But remember, "Gods" cost a reported $140 million to make and was supposed to launch the next big fantasy franchise for Lionsgate, the studio behind the "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" films. This weekend's figures make the prospect of lucrative sequels very doubtful, especially since the movie looks like it's going to struggle to earn back even a fourth of its budget in American multiplexes.
In retrospect, it's hard to figure why the studio gambled so much on this film, given all the strikes against it that are apparent now. For instance:
1. The CastingGerald Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are not big box office draws, no matter how much you loved "300" or "Game of Thrones. »
- Gary Susman
Hollywood has been trying to get a remake of the 1994 cult classic The Crow off the ground for close to a decade now, with the project passing through the hands of directors Stephen Norrington (Blade), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) before falling to Corin Hardy (The Hallow).
Production on the reboot is currently expected to get underway next month, and Alex Proyas, director of the original, has been sharing his thoughts on the project with Collider during an interview for his new film Gods of Egypt, describing it as “kind of unnecessary”:
“You know, I’ve moved on and I just feel like it’s… I personally feel like it’s kind of unnecessary. I’ve said this many times, I’ve completed the original movie to honor Brandon and that’s the sole reason I did it. I’m happy I did it for that reason. »
- Gary Collinson
Remakes are a tricky proposition even when things go smoothly, but some have hit some quite rough patches during their development phase. One such notable example is that of "The Crow," the remake of the now over two decades old cult classic comic adaptation by filmmaker Alex Proyas.
A victim of the Relativity Media bankruptcy saga, the new film has spent quite a few years in development hell and has had the likes of Luke Evans, Jack Huston and Jack O'Connell all linked at one point ot another. At last report Corin Hardy is set to direct the film, though when it will start is unclear.
Proyas is out doing press for this weekend's release of "Gods of Egypt" and revealed that he doesn't think such a remake is necessary. He tells Collider:
"You know, I've moved on and I just feel like it's… I personally feel like it's kind of unnecessary. »
- Garth Franklin
Gods of Egypt is a silly, poorly acted CGI spectacle in the same vein as Clash of the Titans. It's hard to imagine this is a film from Alex Proyas. The Australian director is one of my favorites. Having made The Crow and Dark City, the most underrated science fiction film of all time. Gods of Egypt is disappointing on many levels; a half-hearted effort at best by Proyas. Here is a film about Egyptian gods, where the entire primary cast is white, except for a token appearance by Chadwick Boseman. I can only imagine the producers could never have predicted their release date would coincide with Oscar weekend, where the diversity issue has taken Hollywood by storm. That said, a diverse cast could not have saved this train wreck.
The story takes place in ancient Egypt where humans and gods live side by side in a paradise on the Nile. »
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