The legal battle to remake "The Crow" has finally settled

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It wouldn’t be a morning of news without a whiff of remake in the air. Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have finally settled their legal battle over the remake rights to the cult classic film, “The Crow”, and will begin work on the film soon.

In a joint statement, the two companies said that “The parties will continue to work on the film together as planned.”

Part of the out-of-court settlement details that each party will drop their claims against the other, while further lawsuits against Relativity Media will not be pursued by TWC. Relativity will also drop the $20 million claim against TWC for allegedly ruining the release and distribution of their film “Nine” in the process.

This brings to a close a case that began in 2009 when the two companies agreed to work on a remake to the original 1994 film, but after some heated mud-slinging revolving around missed obligations and strong-arm industry tactics, the two quickly went to court when Relativity tried to find financial backing for the remake somewhere else.

It’s a long, ugly story that has come to a close at last, and while I’m a little sad that the potential remake couldn’t have stayed longer in development hell, nothing settles a dispute in Hollywood than the potential to make some cash.
If you haven’t seen the Crow, it’s a cult film dealing with a murdered man that seeks justice from beyond the grave, guided by a supernatural companion in the form of a crow that provides an anchor for him from the afterlife.
It’s a haunting portrayal by Brandon lee, son of martial arts and film legend Bruce Lee, and became his defining role, before he died in a tragic onset accident that creepily parrellels a scene in the Bruce Lee classic, “Game of Death”.

Last Updated: January 24, 2012

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Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • THIS DOES NOT NEED TO HAPPEN.

    • Lies, I’d kill to see a proper follow on from The Crow

      • It’s not a follow on; this is a remake. A soul-crushing, will-probably-not-be-able-to-top-the-original remake.

  • Cyril

    Some classics should not be touched and this is one of them.

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