Last Sept., Sony Pictures signed on to release THE CROW REBORN, an update of the 1994 movie The Crow based on James O’Barr’s comic book series starring the late Brandon Lee. Jason Momoa will star in the title role for the new film that’s now had its title shortened to simply “The Crow” with Sony dating the film for Oct. 11, 2019.
This would put the film in the prime horror/thriller month of Halloween that has helped previous releases like The Grudge, but right now, that would have it going up against Warner Bros’ The Goldfinch, MGM’s new The Addams Family movie and Paramount’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The new film will be directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow) after finishing up The Nun for New Line, which will be released this September. Besides Momoa, actors Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker and Jessica Brown Findlay had all been in talks to appear in the film, but that was before Sony became involved. (Update: The Tracking Board can confirm that only Jason Momoa is still attached.)
The original The Crow was released by Miramax in 1994 with Alex Proyas directing, and while the film’s star Brandon Lee died while making the film, it grossed $50 million and became a hugely influential film on all avenues of entertainment, including the look for Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. It led to 1996 sequel that bombed with almost a third of the original’s theatrical gross, but the original film remains an iconic goth film.
At the same time, Sony has dated Catherine Hardwicke’s remake of the 2011 Mexican crime-thriller MISS BALA, starring Gina Rodriguez, for Jan. 25, 2019, and the animal drama A DOG’S WAY HOME for two weeks prior.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor