Samuel Hadida teams with Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow to acquire the rights to finance, produce and distribute the reboot of the cult classic franchise.
The Crow remake has flown the Relativity coop.

Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow have acquired the rights to finance, produce and distribute The Crow Reborn, a reboot of the cult classic franchise.

Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, will produce Crow Reborn alongside Hadida. Highland Film Group, which will handle international sales, and Electric Shadow also are producing. Pressman and Relativity developed the film, which will be a more faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel written by James O’Barr. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will executive produce.

Jason Momoa was previously attached to star, and Corin Hardy was on board to direct. It is unclear if they will remain involved.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in 2017.

The film was nearing production in 2015 when it was shelved due to Relativity Media’s bankruptcy filing. After the studio emerged from Chapter 11 in April, The Crow was said to be among its highest priorities. But Relativity’s own reboot sputtered, and Kavanaugh put the company up for sale last month. The Crow had been pegged as one of Relativity’s most valuable development properties.

“I am thrilled to collaborate with this talented team and return the Crow franchise to its roots for a new generation of audiences to enjoy,” Pressman said Thursday in a statement.

No stranger to the genre, Hadida is behind both the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises. In January, Sony will release Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, starring Ruby Rose, Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich.

The Crow Reborn joins a Highland Film Group slate that also includes Vaughn Stein’s Terminal, starring Margot Robbie; Jon Avnet’s Three Christs of Ypsilanti, starring Richard Gere, Julianna Margulies, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins and Bradley Whitford; and Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven, starring Momoa.

London-based Electric Shadow’s development projects include an adaptation of Stephen Fryʼs best-selling novel The Hippopotamus.

-Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter


Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway & Nicky Whelan Star In ‘Inconceivable’

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winners Nicolas Cage and Faye Dunaway have signed on to star in Inconceivable, with Nicky Whelan co-starring in the Jonathan Baker-directed thriller. Chloe King wrote the script, and Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films are producing with Baker and Daniel Herther of Baker Entertainment. Wayne Marc Godfrey of the Fyzz Facility and Arnaud Lannic and Barry Brooker are exec producing.
The picture shoots next month, and it’s part of the Emmett/Furla/Oasis distribution arrangement with Lionsgate Premiere. LP will release domestically, and Highland Film Group will sell internationally. This marks the fifth film that Emmett/Furla and Cage have made together, and E/F/O’s 15th with Lionsgate.

When Katie (Whelan) moves to town with her young daughter in order to start a new life after enduring abuse in her past, she quickly befriends another mother, Angela, and her husband Brian (Cage). Angela notices odd behavior from Katie and begins to question whether Katie’s intentions are as innocent as she makes them out to be, or if something dark is lurking beneath the surface.

Emmett/Furla is in postproduction on Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and production just wrapped on the Kevin Connolly-directed Gotti, with John Travolta playing the Teflon Don John Gotti. The Bruce Willis starrer First Kill is in production with director Steven C. Miller.

-Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline Hollywood


EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis has been set to star in First Kill, a Steven C. Miller-directed action thriller that Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce, finance and release through its U.S. deal with Lionsgate Premiere. It’s the 11th collaboration between EFO and Willis, and the producer/financier’s fourth film with Miller. Highland Film Group is handling international. The script was written by Nick Gordon with production slated to begin late August in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Willis will play a police chief who tries to solve a kidnapping, with a ticking clock. After a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip, the bank robber takes the boy hostage, in order to recover the key to a locker that contains the loot from the bank heist. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce. Trevor Matthews of Brookstreet Pictures, Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will serve as executive producers. Tim Sullivan, Tony Callie, Ryan Black, and Nick Gordon will Co-Produce.

Emmett/Furla is about to start production next week on Gotti, with Kevin Connolly directing John Travolta as the late crime boss John Gotti. The company is also currently in post-production on the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence as well as the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy starrer 478, from director Elliott Lester and producer Darren Aronofsky. Willis is repped by CAA.

By: Mike Fleming Jr.

Bruce Willis Set To Star In ‘First Kill’ For Emmett/Furla/Oasis


Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass) have joined Margot Robbie in the cast of Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal.

Terminal tells the story of two hit-men (Fletcher and Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.

It is being produced by David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Legend Of Tarzan) Molly Hassell (Braven, The Trust) and HFG’s Arianne Fraser alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
HFG arranged financing with Ingenious Media, RuYi Media and Miscellaneous Entertainment. Executive producers are John Jencks, D. Todd Shepherd, Joe Simpson, George Waud, Shelley Madison, Charles Auty, Simon Williams, Delphine Perrier and Henry Winterstern.

HFG is handling international sales and CAA represents the U.S. rights.

Pegg will next appear in Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, while Irons will soon be seen in ITV’s Tutankhamun. Fletcher will next be seen in Eddie The Eagle for 20th Century Fox, and Myers is creating a new series for HBO.

Pegg is represented by Dawn Sedgwick Management and UTA, while Irons by Tavistock Wood and UTA. Fletcher is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group, and Myers by Untitled Entertainment.

The Highland Film Group slate includes Jon Avnet’s Three Christs starring Richard Gere; Scott Mann’s action-packed thriller Final Score; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Kevin Connolly’s Gotti starring John Travolta; Steven C. Miller’s Southern Fury with Nicolas Cage and Marauders starring Bruce Willis; the Brewer Brothers’ The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; and Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter starring Emma Roberts, which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A24.


The film centers on a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.
Call it a holy trinity of sorts.

Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, playing a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

Three Christs, a potentially hot-button film, marks Gere and Avnet’s second collaboration. The first was MGM’s controversial Red Corner in 1997, a film that led to Chinese star Bai Ling having her Chinese citizenship revoked.

Based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach titled Rokeach’s Christs of Ypsilanti: A Narrative Study of Three Lost Men, the film was adapted by Eric Nazarian and Avnet.

Highland Film Group is financing and will unveil the project to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market. CAA is repping domestic rights.

Avnet is producing alongside Brooklyn Films’ Aaron Stern and Highland’s Arianne Frasier and Delphine Perrier. Molly Hassell (Terminal) also is producing.

The doctor treated the trio of patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, and what transpired is both comic and deeply moving.

Gere will next be seen in Oren Moverman’s star-studded family drama The Dinner alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney.

Gere is repped by WME; Avnet is with CAA.

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