Relativity and The Weinstein Company Settle Over ‘The Crow’

That noise you just heard were the mutual releasing of breath by the legions of goth kids and Hot Topic employees who will now likely be able to see a new version of their beloved franchise, The Crow.

Deadline is reporting that the pair of Relativity and The Weinstein Company have come to a settlement regarding the rights to The Crow after TWC claimed that they owned all distribution rights to the franchise. The settlement leaves the duo of companies working together on the franchise reboot, allowing for the project to now move forward once again.

Here’s the statement that was released in regard to the settlement:

The lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company concerning THE CROW has been amicably settled out of court, and the parties will continue to work on the film together as planned. In addition, Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of NINE, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media.

Personally, as a person who rather dislikes the original film — quite a lot actually — hopes for this project have always been relatively low. The film does seem to be back moving forward, but at this point, nothing has changed much with regards to the actual film. The collective power of each company should be able to get it funding, but is there really a point? Does this franchise hold much weight? What do you think?

[Source: Deadline]

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  1. “Personally, as someone who dislikes the original film—quite a lot”?  Your opinions mean nothing to me, Cinemura.  You’re either saying this to be a troll or you truly have no taste in film.  The original was a beautifully made tale of revenge and lost love and one of the best comic book movies ever made, with a haunting and captivating performance by Brandon Lee that would have catapulted him to bigger and better things had he not died so tragically.  Which is precisely why I DON’T want to see it remade.  A soulless remake would diminish the legacy and reputation of a film already tarnished by terrible sequels and a cheesy TV show.  James O’Barr never wanted The Crow to become an ongoing franchise, but because of the people who won the rights to that property turning it into a cash cow, that’s out of his hands.  I sure as hell don’t want to see any of the current crop of Hollywood actors take on the role of Eric Draven, the only other actor I could see following in Brandon Lee’s footsteps is Heath Ledger, and he’s also dead.

    Comment by MadMike — January 25, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

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