Just five weeks before filming, the most important players have fled the remake of The Crow. Both Jason Momoa, who was going to be the titular Gothic hunk, and director Cory Hardy have formally withdrawn from the film. Financial and creative differences with the rights holder have been cited as the reasons for the departure.
Sony Pictures picked up the worldwide distributon rights to The Crow this past September, giving the project an October 2019 release date. The deal still hasn’t closed, however, leading to the exit of Hardy and Momoa.
The remake has had its up and downs with casting for Eric Draven Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Jack Huston and Sam Witwer were all considered and/or signed at various parts of development.
The original film directed by Alex Proyas starred Brandon Lee and told the story of a rock musician named Eric Draven who is revived from the dead to avenge his own death as well as the rape and murder of his fiancée. The Crow is based on the original graphic novel written by James O’Barr.