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The Crow Remake Stuck As Lawsuit Gets Ugly

Posted April 21, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

The Crow Remake Stuck As Lawsuit Gets Ugly

Could the remake of The Crow be in jeopardy? Possibly, if The Weinstein Company has anything to say about it.

Just off the heels of last week's head-scratching rumor that Limitless star, Bradley Cooper was set to don the white makeup as the undead, vengeance-seeking rocker who was legendarily portrayed by the late Brandon Lee in the original 1994 film, it seems that TWC is looking to stop Relativity Media from raising this franchise from the grave by method of society's deadliest weapon; a lawsuit. 

The company of Bob and Harvey Weinstein are looking to stop this remake from happening. -- Well, sort of, anyway. They're actually looking for "injunctive relief," meaning, they want distribution rights to said film, or else they will stop it from getting made.

The groundbreaking original 1994 version of The Crow was distributed by The Weinsteins and Miramax grossed $144 million worldwide, a bona fide hit, to say the least. TWC's claim, is that a written contract which was "signed by everybody" gives them the worldwide distribution rights.

Conversely, Relativity's claim, is that TWC made numerous breaches of contract in the past regarding cross-distributed films between the companies, such as 2009's Nine and are actually due payments. Thus, in response to the claims by TWC's lawyer Bert Fields, Relativity's lawyer Carol Genis issued a scathing, eviscerating response to the idea of their alleged claims to the distribution rights. Genis states:

"It takes gall for your client to make demands upon Relativity about The Crow, which has not even been greenlit, when TWCs failure to properly distribute Nine demonstrated that it will disregard and breach any and all of its distribution, marketing and financial obligations. If any party is entitled to seek legal remedies it is Relativity."

If you're the type who enjoys the art of castration by way of fancy legalese with a healthy dose of sarcasm, you may want give the rest of her letter a read.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Who knows? Who cares?

To put all of this into a perspective more easily grasped, some bigshot Hollywood types are fighting over the ungodly amount of money to be made from a film in which the guy from The Hangover puts on goth makeup and kills people. -- I'd say that sums it up.

Are you bummed or ecstatic that this remake of The Crow is in trouble?

Source: Deadline

Tags: Movies

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  • SubzeroScream

    I was looking forward to this movie, I am a huge fan of the crow! It is actually my favorite movie. But when I saw how they had planned on going about it I was a little bummed. I really don't think they have the right people making it, and I think the choice of actor is all wrong. They need to get the right people and get the story straight, go with the original not someone's vision of how they'd like to see it, I want to see it as James O'Barr saw it. Also I don't think there will ever be a better crow than Brandon Lee, he was amazing. But like I said I would love to see someone do it as the story tells and not put their own creative changes on it. Nothing against Bradley Cooper, he just doesn't strike me as "The Crow" if they can do it right I'd love to see it, if not it will be a huge disappointment.

    Posted: April 24, 2011 1:36 PM
  • Cece2314

    I believe that they shouldn't do a remake. Re-release, yeah do that. I'd love that. They can make money off of it that way and show the newer generation how great it was.
    Remaking the movie, to me, is kind of disgraceful to Brandon Lee. This movie, when it was released, was perfect. Remaking it seems like there trying to make it better than what it already is. It already is a great movie and a remake is not necessary to prove that.
    I really hope that it doesn't get remade, and if it does get approved for remake, then I hope it crashes and burns and doesn't make any money.

    Posted: April 22, 2011 6:40 AM
  • Zeronox353

    Really i'm just curious too see it. Yes Bradley Cooper maybe is goofy but his acting ability is amazing. I dunno maybe his image will be drastically change for the role of this movie. He can't come on the set being Phil from the hangover. lol

    Posted: April 22, 2011 4:57 AM
  • Goldeneye7

    Why bother? No offense to those that liked it, but I honestly don't think it would have half the following if Brandon Lee wasn't killed while making it.

    Posted: April 22, 2011 2:39 AM
  • Amergin_Wayne_Byron

    Kill it wit fire! Or re-release the original.

    Posted: April 21, 2011 1:28 PM
  • GLaDOS_Slayer

    I want the remake to crash and burn. If it does however get made then I hope it is a huge flop. Movies like this need to be left alone.--
    Their excuse is "We're bringing it to a whole new generation."
    --Yeah you know what else does? RE RELEASING IT!!!

    What is the big deal with re releasing the movie?..Oh, wait, I know...It doesn't give the newer stars (the ones who think they're owed something) money. The people in Hollywood needs to get off their asses and do some actual work and develop a good plot not depend on an old one and give it a new twist.

    Posted: April 21, 2011 11:45 AM
  • NeoHumpty

    Eh, I don't think this movie needs remade quite yet. Maybe about 10 years down the road.

    Posted: April 21, 2011 11:30 AM
  • Lenny-Livewire

    Has Hollywood not learned its lesson with the last couple of Crow films? You cannot remake or add sequels/prequels to The Crow! Watch the movie, the story begins and ends perfectly with no loose ends that need to be followed up on and the last couple of sequels were just a recycled version of the original story (the ones I've forced myself to sit through anyways). I get it, Hollywood is stuck in a remake phase, but this is one movie they should just leave alone. Brandon Lee IS and ALWAYS WILL BE Eric Draven. Besides, no offence to Bradley Cooper, but I for one think he'd just end up looking goofy! Anyone else agree?

    Posted: April 21, 2011 11:27 AM