The Crow reboot has been put back in the cage.
Aquaman star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) have reportedly left the project, with Momoa issuing a public statement on his decision to leave.
“I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team,” Momoa wrote. “But I swear I will. James O’Barr sorry to let you down I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right.”
According to Deadline, The Crow was in full pre-production and scheduling to start filming in Budabest in five weeks’ time. However, alleged financial problems between the film’s distributor, Sony Pictures, and producer Samuel Hadida are at least partly responsible for the project falling through.
Plans to reboot The Crow have been underway in one form or another since the release of the 1994 original, which itself was mired in misfortune following the tragic on-set death of the late Brandon Lee. The reboot project is no stranger to production woes itself. Luke Evans and Jack Huston were previously attached to star but left prior to Momoa coming on board. In March, Sony announced that the film would be released on October 11, 2019, but we’re going to assume that the loss of the film’s star and director will force a change in those plans.
We’re starting to think The Crow as a franchise might be cursed or something …