Since it’s unlikely we’re ever going to see Arnold stride towards his destiny as King Conan in Conan 3 or The Legend of Conan or whatever you want to call it, another Robert E. Howard creation will grace the silver screen, instead. This time it’s the “she-devil with a sword” known as Red Sonja.
Millennium Media will produce a new Red Sonja movie, and they’ve tapped Bryan Singer to direct it (via THR). Singer has plenty of genre experience, having helmed a significant chunk of the X-Men franchise. But he also was fired mid-production from the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, amid reports of erratic behavior and not showing up for work. Millennium appears willing to give the director a chance, although one can’t help but wonder what Michelle MacLaren and her Game of Thrones experience could have brought to this project.
Ashley Edward Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) is writing the screenplay. “It’s an exciting opportunity to faithfully adapt the amazing Hyborean world Robert E. Howard created, and inject it with Sonja’s intelligence, ferocity, and fearless humanity,” Miller told The Hollywood Reporter when he was hired earlier this year. “I want people to love Sonja the way I love her, and walk out of the theater understanding why she’s so popular and enduring. Sonja is an icon.”
“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake,” Millennium’s Avi Lerner told Deadline when the project was announced last year, “and with the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ll have seen Red Sonja on the screen. 1985 (were the mid-80s the golden age of sword and sorcery flicks?) saw the release of the appropriately titled movie, Red Sonja, from Conan the Destroyer director Richard Fleischer. It starred Brigitte Nielsen in the title role and Arnold Schwarzenegger as burly sword-swinger not named Conan.
The character currently calls Dynamite Comics the home of her printed adventures, many of which have been penned by the always awesome Gail Simone. Maybe the movie will take some inspiration from those. We can certainly hope.