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Published On: Fri, Jun 1st, 2018

Jason Momoa, director Corin Hardy exit ‘The Crow’ reboot over ‘creative and financial differences’

Despite the plans for the production to start this summer, director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa have both exited The Crow reboot.

Deadline reports that both Hardy and Momoa formally withdrew from the project, blaming issues from “creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds underlying rights and who was financing the film.”

Hardy turned to Instagram to say it was “the hardest decision,” releasing a photo of Momoa in the Crow make-up and explaining his side of the story. Check it out below.

“I knew from the off, that the idea of making a new version of The Crow was never going to be for everyone, because it is a beloved film,” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram. “And I say that as someone in love with it myself. But I poured everything I had into the last 3.5 years of work, to try & create something which honoured what the Crow stood for; from James O’Barr’s affecting graphic novel, to Alex Proyas’s original movie, with great respect to Brandon Lee and with the desire to make something bold and new, that myself, as an obsessive fan, could be proud of. And with @prideofgypsies Jason Momoa, and my amazing team of artists & film-makers, we came SO close. But sometimes, when you love something so much, you have to make hard decisions. And yesterday, deciding it was time to let go of this dark & emotional dream project, was the hardest decision of all. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

Momoa took to Instagram ““I’ve waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you Corin Hardy and Sony Pictures. Unfortunately, I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O’Barr, sorry to let you down. I won’t on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can’t play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I’m ready when it’s right. Love you, Corin. Aloha, J”

Collider notes that “The reason The Crow’s production has been so turbulent is that the rights holders keep creating friction. Previously, Relativity held the rights, but then they financially imploded. Hadida then picked up the project and lured back Hardy, who had been previously attached on an iteration under Relativity, and then brought on Momoa. It looked like the film would finally become a reality.”

 

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