“Development hell” is an overused phrase in Hollywood, but when it comes to the tortuous journey of the proposed reboot of The Crow, it seems pretty apt. However, despite the years of consistent setbacks, comic-book creator James O’Barr is adamant that “it’s still very much a live property”.
“The company, Pressman Films, that owns the Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity,” says O’Barr. “And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they’re in financial trouble. So the producers are just going to take it to another studio if Relativity can’t get backing again.”
“It’s going to happen,” he continues. “I talked to Pressman Films a couple of weeks ago and they said within two or three weeks, we should have it placed at a new studio. Because the day Relativity announced that they were having financial problems, there were like a dozen other studios that called about getting the Crow property. It definitely will happen.”
Judging by O’Barr’s bullish statement, he certainly sounds confident that there is concrete interest from other studios, which might suggest there’s a breakthrough coming at some point down the track.