Millennium’s pick for a new Red Sonja director may lead to some protests.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, embattled director Bryan Singer is in talks to helm the latest film adaptation of Red Sonja. While loosely based on Conan the Cimmerian creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatino — a 17th Century swashbuckler in one of Howard’s stories — the character as she is popularly known was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in the pages of Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic book. 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. She also headlined her own feature film in 1985.
Since then, various directors including Robert Rodriguez and Singer himself have tried to bring her back to the screen. Each effort ultimately failed.
The latest attempt was announced in April, with word that screenwriter Ashley Edward Miller would deliver a new take on the adventurer for Millennium and producers Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon, Christa Campbell, and Lati Grobman.
Singer meanwhile, faces allegations of raping a then-17-year-old boy in 2003. As litigation loomed, Singer vanished from the set of his in-production Bohemian Rhapsody for a week; leading to his dismissal from the film. He later returned to supervise editing. A THR source claims Millennium is willing to take a chance on the director as they believe the case has no merit. As it happens, allegations of inappropriate conduct have chased the director across his career.
Nonetheless, the news will be disappointing to many hoping a director less mired in controversy or, maybe, of the female variety might helm a project hoping to ride the coattails of Wonder Woman.