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'The Crow' Remake Leaves Relativity and Heads to Group Led by Davis Films (Exclusive)

Samuel Hadida teams with Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow to acquire the rights to finance, produce and distribute the reboot of the cult classic franchise.
'The Crow' (1994)   |   Buena Vista/Photofest
Samuel Hadida teams with Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow to acquire the rights to finance, produce and distribute the reboot of the cult classic franchise.

The Crow remake has flown the Relativity coop.

Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow have acquired the rights to finance, produce and distribute The Crow Reborn, a reboot of the cult classic franchise.

Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, will produce Crow Reborn alongside Hadida. Highland Film Group, which will handle international sales, and Electric Shadow also are producing. Pressman and Relativity developed the film, which will be a more faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel written by James O’Barr. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will executive produce.

Jason Momoa was previously attached to star, and Corin Hardy was on board to direct. It is unclear if they will remain involved.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in 2017.

The film was nearing production in 2015 when it was shelved due to Relativity Media's bankruptcy filing. After the studio emerged from Chapter 11 in April, The Crow was said to be among its highest priorities. But Relativity's own reboot sputtered, and Kavanaugh put the company up for sale last month. The Crow had been pegged as one of Relativity's most valuable development properties.

“I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented team and return the Crow franchise to its roots for a new generation of audiences to enjoy,” Pressman said Thursday in a statement.

No stranger to the genre, Hadida is behind both the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises. In January, Sony will release Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, starring Ruby Rose, Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich.

The Crow Reborn joins a Highland Film Group slate that also includes Vaughn Stein’s Terminal, starring Margot Robbie; Jon Avnet’s Three Christs of Ypsilanti, starring Richard Gere, Julianna Margulies, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins and Bradley Whitford; and Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven, starring Momoa.

London-based Electric Shadow's development projects include an adaptation of Stephen Fry╩╝s best-selling novel The Hippopotamus.
 

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