Corin Hardy won’t direct The Crow after all…
According to The Wrap, the young filmmaker has now exited The Crow remake, leaving the future of the upcoming film in jeopardy.
“The studio has decided to part ways with director Corin Hardy on its premiere property ‘The Crow’,” they revealed. “The project nearly lost Hardy in September 2015 due to Relativity’s uncertain future, though the company signed the director to a $150,000 holding deal this past November, with production planned to start in March.”
But why has Corin Hardy been ousted from Relativity’s biggest movie?
After Dana Brunetti signed onto the studio to take creative charge, it looks as though the studio has decided to essentially start anew, rather than forcing Brunetti to inherit somebody else’s creative vision.
But this new creative decision could force the studio to can the entire movie.
The Crow producers Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation have since filed papers seeking to block the movie due to Hardy’s removal… and it seems their claims may have the law behind them.
“[Hardy] is known for his visual flair, having a penchant for horror and dark subject matter,” states Pressman. “The parties believed that Mr. Hardy was particularly suited to reinvigorate The Crow, which is based on a dark tale of revenge told originally in graphic novel form.”
In 2009, Pressman made a deal with Relativity that gave the studio an option to three Crow movie. The option was exercised in 2014, which according to court documents, gave them three years to begin principal photography before the rights revert back to Pressman.
But this is where it gets a bit tricky…
Director Corin Hardy’s exit is now potentially behind the film’s collapse, with Pressman claiming that “the action purported to have been taken by [Relativity] on Mr. Brunetti’s initiative with respect to Mr. Hardy has undermined years of work expended by Pressman and has wasted valuable resources invested in the Picture.”
Court documents allege that Hardy’s removal constitutes “material post-petition breach of the agreement, and that such non-monetary breach has not and cannot be cured.”
Will The Crow remake be canned? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but it doesn’t look too good.
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