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The Weinstein Company sues Relativity Media over The Crow reboot

Apr. 20, 2011by: Niki Stephens

For those of you opposed to a reboot of THE CROW, Harvey Weinstein might act as a saving grace.

Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company is suing Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media over the distribution rights to THE CROW. TWC says that they have "a written contract signed by everybody" which gives the Weinsteins exclusive worldwide distribution rights on The Crow reboot. This trailing back from when the original was distributed by the Weinstein's under the Miramax umbrella.

Bert Fields, who is repping The Weinstein Company says that there was a lot of back and forth between the two parties before the lawsuit was filed this afternoon. Fields then stated this, Mr. Kavanaugh was not going to honor that contract. Apparently, hes going to sell these rights to others. He made a bunch of threats. Some people may submit to that kind of arrogant conduct, but were not going to do it. If anybody tries to buy these distribution rights in The Crow, they are buying nothing but a lawsuit and they will get sued. When Deadline asked Fields why Kavanaugh thinks he has the distribution right, he replied, "Beats me. Apparently he thinks its just going to go away just because he wants it to."

While writing this, Deadline updated their article with a comment on the situation from Relativity's rep Adam Keen who responded in a not-so-nice way, "This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins who have a long history of threatening law suits 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."

According to Geeks of Doom, the lawsuit is not over an financial compensation. The suit filed is seeking injunctive relief, which is a court ordered prohibition that would put a stop to the production.

Extra Tidbit: Did you really want to see a remake/reboot/whatever the fuck of THE CROW anyway?

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8:55PM on 04/20/2011

I want to see it happen

I love The Crow and i love the story. Where else were they suppose to go besides a reboot? Just hopefully they don't call the guy Eric "Draven". Not because it bothers me but the fanboys won't stfu about it.
I love The Crow and i love the story. Where else were they suppose to go besides a reboot? Just hopefully they don't call the guy Eric "Draven". Not because it bothers me but the fanboys won't stfu about it.
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8:57PM on 04/20/2011
I think we have enough The Crow movie.
I think we have enough The Crow movie.
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9:22PM on 04/20/2011

Untitled.

The remake/reboot/what have you is not that big a deal. O'Barr wrote a bunch of different Crow stories so there is no need to focus on the Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) version. That being said, they are more than likely going to do that one story over again. Sigh.
The remake/reboot/what have you is not that big a deal. O'Barr wrote a bunch of different Crow stories so there is no need to focus on the Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) version. That being said, they are more than likely going to do that one story over again. Sigh.
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10:06PM on 04/20/2011
I don't know who is right, and I am curious to find out, but mostly, I just want Hollywood to stop suing everyone.
I don't know who is right, and I am curious to find out, but mostly, I just want Hollywood to stop suing everyone.
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1:50AM on 04/21/2011
i dunno what the fuck's going on with any of this but as long as it stops The Crow from being remade with Bradley Cooper i'm all for it. This may be the only time you catch me on the Weinsteins' side of something
i dunno what the fuck's going on with any of this but as long as it stops The Crow from being remade with Bradley Cooper i'm all for it. This may be the only time you catch me on the Weinsteins' side of something
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2:19AM on 04/21/2011
If in doubt......Sue.
"Hey you looked at me the wrong way"...Sue
"You called me a bad word".....Sue. :-)
If in doubt......Sue.
"Hey you looked at me the wrong way"...Sue
"You called me a bad word".....Sue. :-)
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2:49AM on 04/21/2011

I wanted a Crow reboot.....

Only because I've loved the Brandon Lee version and I need more. The sequels were atrocious, but with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo helming the reboot, this could have been gritty and awesome. Fuck 28 Weeks Later (I love the movie), check out Intacto.
Only because I've loved the Brandon Lee version and I need more. The sequels were atrocious, but with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo helming the reboot, this could have been gritty and awesome. Fuck 28 Weeks Later (I love the movie), check out Intacto.
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11:06AM on 04/21/2011
I hope this reboot never leaves the ground.
I hope this reboot never leaves the ground.
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12:59PM on 04/21/2011

Fuck The Remake...but that still doesn't stop TWC.

As if Relativity Media expected anything else from the Weinstein Bros. I swear...Harvey & Bob W. are the most whiny, meddling, greedy & inferior studio exec's (w/ an INSANE amount of power/ass kissers) in Hollywood!

If had $1 for Every. Single. Time. I've read or heard about 1 of these 2 throwing a tantrum about how they own the rights to a movie, trying to weasel others out of box office earnings or meddling (i.e. forcing changes & shoving opinions down the writer's/director's throat) w/ a
As if Relativity Media expected anything else from the Weinstein Bros. I swear...Harvey & Bob W. are the most whiny, meddling, greedy & inferior studio exec's (w/ an INSANE amount of power/ass kissers) in Hollywood!

If had $1 for Every. Single. Time. I've read or heard about 1 of these 2 throwing a tantrum about how they own the rights to a movie, trying to weasel others out of box office earnings or meddling (i.e. forcing changes & shoving opinions down the writer's/director's throat) w/ a script or the movie in general during production....then I'd be richer than Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg & Mark Zuckerburg combined!
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3:51AM on 04/22/2011
I love Bradley Cooper, but maybe this just isn't meant to be.
I love Bradley Cooper, but maybe this just isn't meant to be.
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6:34PM on 04/22/2011

Hip to Weinstein

Hell no no one that likes the original should want to see a reboot or remake. I hope the weinsteins win and this gets put in development hell for another like 10 years.
Hell no no one that likes the original should want to see a reboot or remake. I hope the weinsteins win and this gets put in development hell for another like 10 years.
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