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?