Weinstein Co. launches legal battle over 'The Crow'

According to papers obtained by EW, The Weinstein Co., filed a lawsuit against Relativity Media Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that the studio, and not Relativity, have the rights to remake the 1994 film, The Crow. Just last week, Relativity, headed by Ryan Kavanaugh, announced it was in talks with Bradley Cooper to star in the film. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is set to direct the remake. Weinstein lawyers, however, are attempting to reclaim distribution rights. 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 to the lawsuit 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.”

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  • JML

    Or maybe TWC knows that remaking this movie is a bad idea and is trying to stop it from happening…..

    • Shakespeare

      TWC doesn’t care about class, come on! They made the Crow 2, Scream 4, A pg-13 version of The King’s Speech! All they care about is money! I can name at least thirty other films that they have released that are dreadful but can only think of a handful that are great! This is just them wanting $!

      • Colin

        I agree…the Weinstein brothers have always been about the money and always will be. The examples you provided are only the tip of the iceberg. Kill Bill was cut in two parts I’m sure because of money…I know Quentin Tarantino wanted one long 4-hour film. What pigs…and to top it off, because of heavy promotion, they receive TONS of Oscar nominations and have won Best Picture on films that just don’t deserve it (cough cough The King’s Speech cough).

      • Jackie

        I agree, Shakespeare! I doubt their intentions are as honorable as not wanting to see a really bad movie get made. I was actually quite thrilled when I read the box office grosses the week after the PG-13 version of ‘The King’s Speech’ was released and saw that it only made something like $2 million. Now, I’m going to go home and watch my R-rated version of ‘The King’s Speech’…

  • Monty

    Yeah, The Crow only worked for the first film and the following sequels and television show were mediocre at best.

  • Mrs. T

    The Crow just should not be remade. I don’t care who is doing what. I just don’t want to see these idiots destroy the sanctity of the original.

    • bobo

      agreed. a remake immediately erases the original film. SAVE BRANDON LEE!

  • Ems

    I hope this case drags on and on and on in the courts so they can’t remake the film. After the horrid sequels is there any wonder why fans don’t want them to even attempt to remake the first? Oddly, one must wonder why isn’t James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow, speaking out on this.

  • Nameless

    The headline should read “Weinstein Co. Launches Legal Battle over Everything”.
    No news here.

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  • Brad

    Grow up. I don’t know about the legality but this is a film that should never be re-made. It would be a travesty. Don’t do it.

  • Mark Wizard

    What really sucks about all this legal wrangling is we are probably not going to see a Blu-ray of The Crow anytime soon, other than dubious bootlegs from overseas that aren’t even in true HD quality.

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  • Mac

    As much as I hate the Weinstein Company and their money matters, I have to agree with them for once. We certainly don’t need “The Crow” to be remade. The late Brandon Lee left behind an incredible legacy with that film, but seeing a remade version with Bradley Cooper in the role just won’t do any justice for it. Great films like those are examples of what’s best to be left alone.

    Bottom line: Hollywood should choose their films wisely if they have to and obviously they haven’t learned a thing since they started remaking popular 80s movies.

  • Sam J

    The James O’Barr origanil graphic novel was not an action story , but a violent, sad revenge story; unlike the 1994 movie. Lee’s performance gave it heart, but it was basically “Terminator meets A Clockwork Orange” with a metal soundtrack. Loved it when I was 14 but I Would be willing to see if they can be more faithful to the source material.

  • Gabriel

    if they are gonna remake the crow i think they should use an unknown actor. noone can be as good as brandon lee. i am the biggest fan of the crow i saw it exactly 50 time at the movies (i counted) then i bought it right away and saw it who knows how many times i still watch it every once in a while till this day it has to be my favorite movie. i dont think any known actor can do justice to the role and since this movie has so many fans it wont do it any justice if a know acter plays the role. i believe if u get a good unknown actor it may be more believable and as we all know the best movies are the ones u can get into and i dont believe that if u have a well know actor u can do that.

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