The Crow Remake Gets Comic-Con Teaser Poster Plus A New Lawsuit
Things are alive in San Diego this weekend, while movies about dead things show signs of both life and death. Relativity Mediaís upcoming reboot of The Crow has experienced its fair share of setbacks and delays since its conception, and it has at least one more woe to go through, as itís been hit with another lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On the flip side, Shock Till You Drop revealed the filmís Comic-Con poster, which you can see above. Letís start with that bit of good news. (Itís good news if youíre looking forward to this reboot, that is.)
The teaser poster obviously draws its connections to the source material, the comic series created by James OíBarr, who is serving as creative consultant for the film, and its director F. Javier Gutierrez tells STYD he promises to stay faithful to that material, but calls it ďa new interpretation.Ē If the trains and horses come into it, that would be pretty fantastic. While a great film, Proyasí film was stylized darkness piled on top of itself and didnít really contain the gritty magic of OíBarrís work. Gutierrez says the film will begin prepping in October, and they hope for a production start in the early months of 2014. Iím more excited about it now than Iíve ever been, but I still have my reservations.
And now we can discuss the albatross hanging around The Crowís neck. Producer Jeff Most of Jeff Most Productions has filed a $1 million lawsuit claiming breach of contract by Edward R. Pressman Film Corp., Relativity Media, Sammyjack Production and others. This is the second lawsuit the film has had to face in the last couple of years; The Weinstein Company sued Relativity back in 2011, but that was resolved out of court in January 2012. Admittedly, this is a much smaller case than what TWC was bringing.
In the suit, which you can read here thanks to Deadline, claims his contractual rights to get involved with the reboot have been denied. Most and his company have been involved with the filmís increasingly diminishing franchise since Proyasí film, and he says his company havenít gotten their profit-sharing statement for the films in over four years, and he wasnít even properly notified when the distribution rights transferred to Relativity.
He claims that he got a response from Relativity back in May 2012, which stated he would be brought on board as part of his contract, which automatically grants him a salary of $400,000, even if itís decided another production company would be used. But that was the last time that deal was discussed, and now they arenít responding to Most at all. Along with the breach of contract, Most also calls out the production companies for fraud and deceit and demands full accounting of everything the movie has made and what he may be owed.
Iím not entirely sure on whoís right or wrong here, as there hasnít been a response from any of those being sued, but Iíll eat crow if this case doesnít also get settled out of court.
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