'The Crow' Reboot Suffers Another Setback As Legal Battle Erupts

Not that the forever-developing, always-troubled reboot of The Crow seemed like it was close to getting off the ground, it's definitely not happening now. Relativity Media held the rights to the film and have been trying for years to get it moving, but that was complicated recently when the studio filed for bankruptcy. Now whether Relativity has the right to make any adaptation of "The Crow" at all is being put in front of a judge as Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, producers of the original 1994 comic, are taking them to court.

Without going too deep into the details of THR's story, basically Pressman alleges that the original agreement was nixed the moment Dana Brunetti came aboard to reorganize Relativity, and in so doing fired Hardy from the job. Relativity and Pressman had agreed to a deal in 2009 that allowed for three movies. Nothing happened, of course, but the option was exercised in 2014 that gave Relativity three years to get the darn movie going with Hardy. But when he was fired that ended the deal, Pressman alleges. They've long held doubts Relativity could get the job done, and to be perfectly honest, they've sorta proven right on that score.

You may recall that Hardy had been gearing up to shoot The Crow this month, which was interesting because they hadn't found a star since Jack Huston dropped out last summer.  At this point it's unclear what will happen. Relativity, who express confidence in Brunetti, don't really appear to be in the position to launch a major franchise right now. It may be The Crow will be forced to fly elsewhere to finally return to the big screen.