Deadline has just reported that Transparent creator Jill Soloway will now replace Bryan Singer as the director of Millennium Films’ reboot of Red Sonja, a project that has been in the works for about a decade. Soloway will also write the fantasy adventure movie.
Millennium Films has set Transparent creator Jill Soloway to write and direct Red Sonja, a film that went back to the drawing board earlier this year after Bryan Singer was dropped as director. Soloway is coming in with a bold new take, and gives the film much better optics that already has studios approaching Millennium.
This is clearly a smart and bold move on the part of Millennium Films that were terribly stubborn about hiring Bryan Singer when his multiple sexual assault allegations were made public (yet again) and tried to plow through the bad PR like it wasn’t dogging the project from the get-go. Another round of allegations seemingly ended that public defense of Singer and he was slowly removed from the film.
Red Sonja, like Conan The Barbarian, is a warrior character that inhabits a fictional fantasy world during the Hyborian Age and comic book character (created by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith in 1973) was inspired by works of Robert E. Howard the led the original 1985 movie. The studio almost put together a reboot couple of years back with Robert Rodriguez directing and Rose McGowan starring in the titular role.
I think what is going to be important now is finding the right actress to play Red Sonja as I’m sure the studio hopes this could become a franchise starter. However, Jason Momoa was cast as the new Conan and that reboot didn’t do terribly well at the box office.
Hopefully, Sonja fares better with a strong creative voice like Jill behind the script and camera and can attract an extremely talented/charismatic actress.