Red Sonja may finally take to the wilds of filmland once again.
Deadline reports that Ashley Edward Miller has been hired to write a new take on the long, languishing Red Sonja remake. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in the pages of Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic book, but is loosely based on Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatino; a 17th Century swashbuckler in one of Howard’s stories. Giving the character a new Hyborian Age backstory, Thomas also gave Conan a great foil who would later get a chance to shine in the pages of Marvel Feature and her own self-titled comic book series.
Following the success of 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, executive producer Dino De Laurentiis obtained the rights to the character. The resulting 1985 Red Sonja, starring Brigitte Nielsen in the title role, was intended as a direct tie to the earlier Conan films with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role. But De Laurentiis became gunshy and the character’s name was changed to Kalidor. The film was not well-regarded, but does have a bit of a cult following and may soon appear in Your Weekend Cheesy Movie on this site.
Since the time of that film, various people like the disgraced Bryan Singer and Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez attempted to make new Red Sonja films or television series. Millennium Pictures is behind the latest attempt, with Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon of Cinelou, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Red Sonja rights holder Luke Lieberman also attached to produced. The project is said to be on a fast track to capitalize on the success of last summer’s Wonder Woman.