We're going to have to hop in the ol' Wayback Machine for this one. In April of last year, the Weinstein Company filed a lawsuit against Relativity Media over to the latter studio's plans to put together a remake of Alex Proyas 1994 comic book adaptation The Crow. According to statements made by Weinstein representation, distribution rights for the franchise were still owned by Harvey and Bob and Relativity didn't have the legal ability to put the project into development. Relativity struck back, calling the lawsuit "another typical litigation stunt" from the Weinstein Company that only existed for "the sole purpose of intimidation."Now, approximately nine months later, the case has been settled.
Variety reports that The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media have agreed to an out-of-court settlement that will allow a remake to be made by Ryan Kavanaugh's company. Details regarding the deal were not released, though the story says that the two studios will be working together to make the new movie. Also resolved in the deal was a conflict about the distribution of Rob Marshall's 2009 film Nine. In a joint statement, the companies said, "Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of Nine, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media."
So it would appear that the remake of The Crow is back on, but who exactly is going to make it? While Bradley Cooper and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo were attached to make the project when the lawsuit was first filed, both of them have since left, leaving the movie both without a helmer or a star. Considering how high on the project Relativity Media was prior to the case, we can probably expect them to rebuild the roster soon.
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