Relativity Lands First Blow for ‘The Crow’ Rights

The battle to revive The Crow once again has already begun, and the first major blow has landed on the head of the Weinsteins.

Relativity Media prevailed over The Weinstein Company in court today, according to Relativity’s legal representation and Deadline. “The Court agreed with Relativity that TWC’s lawsuit against Relativity was improper and violated the parties’ arbitration agreement. TWC must now defend itself in the ongoing arbitration proceeding filed by Relativity. In that proceeding, Relativity claims damages in excess of $20 million against TWC for its egregious mishandling of the movie ‘Nine’ and seeks rescission of the parties’ agreement with respect to ‘The Crow.’ Today’s ruling demonstrates that TWC’s efforts to misuse the court system as a means of intimidation against Relativity failed. Relativity expects to prevail on all of its claims against TWC in arbitration.

A quick recap: Bert Fields is repping Harvey and Bob’s The Weinstein Co against Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media seeking injunctive relief and claiming there’s “a written contract signed by everybody” which gives the Weinsteins exclusive worldwide distribution rights on The Crow reboot and that Relativity can’t sell those rights to anybody else.

The original film was distributed by the Weinsteins at Miramax back in 1994 and grossed $50.6M domestic. Relativity has been working to put Edward R. Pressman’s The Crow reinvention of the James O’Barr comic book series together. Bradley Cooper was recently attached to star as the dead rocker Eric Draven in the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo-directed redo. Who knows if they’ll still be aboard after this mess is cleaned up…

Source: Deadline