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The Crow isn’t dead, but he’s not flying just yet. The reboot already has a director in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) attached, and reports have the lead role of the undead rock star come back to life being offered to Bradley Cooper (“Limitless”). And now, it also has a lawsuit on its hands.
The upcoming court case is courtesy of The Weinstein Company, who are suing the reboot’s producers at Relativity Media, claiming ownership of the property’s distribution rights.
Weinstein lawyers … are attempting to reclaim distribution rights [for The Crow]. According to the lawsuit, “Kavanaugh decided that Relativity would not perform that contract and will purport to sell TWC’s distribution rights to others here and overseas in willful breach of the contract.”
Relativity has responded with the following statement:
This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins, who have a long history of threatening lawsuits with the sole purpose of intimidation. If served, Relativity will seek immediate dismissal. While we expect these types of antics from the Weinsteins, we are shocked that a lawyer of Mr. Fields’ caliber would make such false, reckless and intentionally harmful statements to the press about Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh. We intend to seek appropriate remedies for this misconduct. Clearly, this is a feeble attempt to create a press stir and a malicious effort to interfere with Relativity’s development of the project.
Chances are, the reboot will still go into production, since they seem to be only bickering about distribution rights and not the right to actually remake the property. Of course, it all depends on whether they get Cooper or not. With Cooper onboard, it’s full steam ahead; without him, it’s still a matter of finding a lead.