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?