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Relativity Media would like the world to know that its remake of The Crow is still alive and kicking. The studio recently settled some legal issues with The Weinstein Company regarding the franchise and has quickly turned around and announced that Jesse Wigutow will write the film with F. Javier Gutierrez directing.
Wigutow’s name might not be a household one, but he’s been busy lately. HBO Films is currently working with his script for a project named Irreparable Harm, and he recently scripted a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s The Osterman Weekend. Gutierrez will strike most as equally unknown, as the Spanish director’s only feature under his belt was 2008’s Before the Fall.
The Crow’s journey back to the big screen has been troubled in the few years since remake plans were announced. Deadline cites the most recent issue being the dust-up between Relativity and TWC over distribution rights.
Bradley Cooper was at one point in talks to star in the film, and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was slated to direct back in April of last year, but both names have been out of the picture for months now. The 1994 original was directed by Alex Proyas and featured the last film appearance of Brandon Lee.