Some potentially very good news for all of you fans of the 1994 cult classic, The Crow, which has been in the news quite often lately with a remake in the works through Relativity Media.
According to reports, The Weinstein Company, headed by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, have decided to file a lawsuit against Ryan Kavanaugh and Relativity, and that it’s now been submitted to the court. They claim that they have contracts that are “signed by everyone” that declare their exclusive ownership of all distribution rights to The Crow from their days with Miramax.
Bert Fields, who’s representing the Weinsteins, says that the two parties went back and forth many times before the lawsuit was submitted. He continued, stating that “Mr. Kavanaugh was not going to honor that contract. Apparently, he’s going to sell these rights to others. He made a bunch of threats. Some people may submit to that kind of arrogant conduct, but we’re not going to do it. If anybody tries to buy these distribution rights in The Crow, they are buying nothing but a lawsuit and they will get sued.”
It doesn’t look like the Weinsteins are seeking financial compensation, either — the lawsuit filed is seeking “injunctive relief,” which is a court-ordered prohibition that would put a stop to the production.
With the hiring of Juan Carlos Fresnadilloas director and Bradley Cooper in early talks to star, the remake of The Crow had been moving forward steadily. This, obviously, could throw a pretty significant pile of wrenches into the works.
Most of the response to various news regarding the remake has appeared to be strongly negative, and supporters of the original clearly don’t want to see this movie happen. If things go well for the Weinsteins in this lawsuit, it looks like you will have your wish.