Finally, it looks like Bryan Singer has been removed from the new Red Sonja movie after months of bizarre statements from the studio behind the remake based on the Robert E. Howard fantasy character. Howard also created the iconic Conan The Barbarian.
In a recent article published by TheHollywoodReporter, its been revealed that Millenium Films head Avi Lerner has recently dropped Bryan Singer from their Red Sonja movie as while the studio shrugged off multiple allegations to keep the X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody director onboard, they couldn’t secure a domestic distributor to release the film with Singer attached (I wonder why?).
Lerner made news recently when he hired Bryan Singer to direct a reboot of Red Sonja. After Singer was accused in an Atlantic magazine article of sexually assaulting underage boys, Lerner dismissed the story as “agenda-driven fake news,” then walked the statement back. Eventually, he dropped Singer from the project because he was unable to secure a domestic distributor.
They’ve now back-peddled and removed him from the project and nixing his reported $10 million deal to direct the fantasy action film. The months of defending Bryan Singer only highlighted Avi Lerner’s own sexual misconduct allegations and a lawsuit from a former employee.
One of the rising consensuses is that the studio might be smart to possibly reach out to female directors to take on the film.
Red Sonja is likely best known currently as a popular comic book fantasy heroine these days but had her own solo film in 1985 and was played by actress Bridgitte Nielsen and co-starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
There is a lot of potential with a new film and we hope that they end up hiring someone that can actually bring this character to life. At one point Alita: Battle Angel’s Robert Rodriguez was producing an incarnation with Rose McGowan attached in the lead role.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER