Well, good news for The Crow purists like me (and most FEARnet readers, judging by your comments). The remake has hit a snag in the form of a lawsuit. It is the Weinstein boys vs. Ryan Kavanaugh in a duel to the death over distribution rights... or a duel to the Los Angeles courtroom where the case was filed earlier today. We've got more deets after the jump.
Kavanaugh and his Relativity Media is one of the producers on the proposed reboot of the 1994 franchise. The Weinstein Co. claims that they have a contract, "signed by everyone," that would grant the Weinsteins distribution rights of the film (currently projected for a 2013 release). However, Relativity does not seem to acknowledge this alleged contract, and have been vocal about selling the distro rights to the highest bidder.
How is this good news? Well, it's not really unless you are a little bitter and vindictive. It will be a headache and possibly a money pit for all involved. While a distribution lawsuit probably won't stall the start of production (unless it scares away talent who don't want to get involved in a troubled production - the only person confirmed for the project is director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo), it could certainly stall the release of the project, should the lawsuit become drawn out. Additionally, if things get ugly, the Weinsteins can request the judge file an injunction to prevent production from going forward until this mess is sorted out.
Ultimately, this is not the death knell for the project. Let's face it: remakes are inevitable. But at the very least maybe this will prevent Bradley Cooper from signing on for the role of Eric Draven (I am still convinced that he would be a horrible choice).
Update 7:38 PM:
Relativity issued statement
'This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins who have a long history of threatening law suits with the sole purpose of intimidation. If served, Relativity will seek immediate dismissal. While we expect these types of antics from the Weinsteins, we are shocked that a lawyer of Mr. Fields' caliber would make such false, reckless and intentionally harmful statements to the press about Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh. We intend to seek appropriate remedies for this misconduct.
Clearly this is a feeble attempt to create a press stir and a malicious effort to interfere with Relativity's development of the project'