1978 – 2005
James O’Barr writes the original The Crow comics as catharsis after the death of his fiancée. They're eventually published for the first time in 1989. Alex Proyas directs the classic film adaptation in 1993, but star Brandon Lee is killed on the set in a tragic accident. The film is completed and released in 1994. Actress Rochelle Davis – with a single exception – has never acted again. Three poor sequels follow between 1996 and 2005: City of Angels, Salvation and Wicked Prayer. None do anything to elevate the franchise; Salvation is released straight to DVD in the UK a full four years after its soundtrack album. There's also a Canadian TV series, Stairway To Heaven, in 1999. It lasts a single season.
Norrington walks over creative differences.
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo signs on. Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse is the latest to attempt a draft of the screenplay.
Bradley Cooper is offered the lead but declines. He's also developing Paradise Lost with Alex Proyas at the time, so the two things are possibly not unconnected. Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company get into a spat over the rights. Fresnadillo quits.
With Relativity and the Weinsteins friends again, The Fall’s director F. Javier Gutiérrez signs on. Another new screenplay is underway, this time by the little-known Jesse Wigutow. He'll later be attached to the developing Tron Legacy sequel too.
Gutiérrez drops out in favour of Ring sequel Rings. Corin Hardy replaces him.
Jack Huston signs up to star. There's also, for the first time, news of another character's casting. Andrea Riseborough is in talks to play head villain Top Dollar.
Rights holders Relativity Media declare bankruptcy, throwing the whole future of the project into question.
Relativity’s TV assets are in the process of being sold off, but a reorganised iteration of the company may yet keep its film slate. Corin Hardy is still attached and paid a holding fee. He hopes to begin shooting in March, 2016.
Kevin Spacey's producing partner Dana Brunetti takes over as Relativity's new president of production running TV and film operations. Corin Hardy is apparently let go as Brunetti seeks to reboot once again from scratch under his own guidance. Hardy, for whom The Crow remains a passion project, tells Empire the legal/rights situation is such that his involvement may still not be over after all.
While no official announcement is forthcoming from Relativity, Jason Momoa posts a photo of himself on his Instagram account, with Hardy, strongly intimating that he is the new Crow and Hardy remains attached. "The only way to officially seal the deal as men is a pint of black beauty (Guinness)," Momoa writes, followed by, "#sealthedeal #greatnewstocome #dreamjob #cantwaittotelltheworld." He also says "Aloha Ed," presumably hailing producer and rights-holder Ed Pressman.
Shooting is reportedly scheduled for January, 2017.