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The Crow Lawsuit Has Been Settled
Update: F Javier Gutierrez will direct

24 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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The Crow Lawsuit Has Been Settled

Update: It didn't take long for the newly bosom buddy companies to announce movement on the film. Before The Fall director F Javier Gutierrez has been officially hired to direct and Jesse Wigutow will take the latest crack at the script. No word on actors yet, but it won't be long before this thing is flying again. React to that how you will...

Because we know this was the one detail you were all itching to learn about the planned remake of The Crow: good news! We guess. Yes, the legal slap fight between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company over rights to the film has now been settled out of court.

In case you haven’t been glued to the details, the Weinsteins lodged an injunction against Relativity last April, aiming to stop it selling off distribution rights to anyone else. Harvey and co claimed that the two companies had a contract that gave TWC exclusive rights to sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, TV-tie-ins, cereal sponsorship, small plastic toys, big plastic toys, capes, cakes, rakes, and anyone with the surname “Crow”. Though it’s possible we fell asleep reading about the case and dreamed the last eight or so of those.

Relativity decided to snipe back, claiming that the Weinsteins failed to release details of its financial problems and bungled the release of 2009’s Rob Marshall musical Nine.

Now, though, the two film backers have quietly kissed and made up, releasing a statement about the golden, shiny future where no one will ever be mean to anyone ever again, times infinity: "The parties will continue to work on the film together as planned. In addition, Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of Nine, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media."

So what about the film itself, we hear the three of you still reading ask with a tremor in your voice… Well, given the long, tortured history of the remake, which has been through several directors and more than one likely Eric Draven (Mark Wahlberg and Bradley Cooper have been among the names bandied about), it’s possible we may have to wait a while before there’s real movement. The last rumour had Before The Fall director F Javier Gutierrez considering taking it on, but there’s been no official word on that.

If we’re brutally honest, this all really feels like the gods of cinema trying to send TWC and Relativity a clear message that the world doesn’t need another take on James O’Barr’s story, but who knows if it’ll ever be heard?

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The irony is that hollywood are now paying huge amounts of money to the tried and tested screenwriters to regurgitate old movies, rather than spending the money wisely and giving younger, fresher minds the oportunity to create new stories and ideas. The original Crow didn't exactly set the industry alight did it? And let's be honest, it only has cult status purely because of the mystery surrounding Brandon Lee's demise. Is this how desperate the studios are to make a couple of million in profit, More

Posted by shitneck at 10:02 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

I AM SURE! This should not happen.
Please, please leave this alone. Let the original stand and don't mess with it. For God's sake can't they stop making remakes? There's so much other source material out there in the world of the graphic novel to screw up don't redo one of the good ones. More

Posted by paulcolley66 at 14:14 on 25 January 2012 | Report This Post

why all the remakes?
isn't it time hollywood comes up with an original idea? sometimes its best to leave the original as the only one. not all films need remakes. have the feeling in twenty years time will be going to see all remakes!!! More

Posted by jutman at 08:53 on 25 January 2012 | Report This Post

EMPIRE; How the hell is this good news, that means the movie's going ahead with development. Someone take the hint; the universe does not want this movie remade! More

Posted by dgribble at 00:19 on 25 January 2012 | Report This Post

Sorry, I didn't mean to be that emphatic! I got an error message and wasn't sure if my post had gone on - clearly it had! More

Posted by Lucy McCaul at 11:42 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

Why can't they just take the hint and leave it alone! More

Posted by Lucy McCaul at 11:16 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

Why can't they just take the hint and leave it alone! More

Posted by Lucy McCaul at 11:16 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

Why can't they just take the hint and leave it alone! More

Posted by Lucy McCaul at 11:16 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

Not sure!
I'm really not sure this re-make is a good idea. The first Crow movie has got such a big cult following and is famous for being Brandon Lee's last film that I think there's going to be a lot of dissapointed fans, especially if they do cast Mark Wahlberg ( such a shit suggestion for the role!) They really need to tread carefully if they go through with this and choose the lead very carefully! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 10:17 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

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