Want your movie to languish in development hell and be cursed by The Ghost Of Freddie Mercury? Then go ahead and hire Bryan Singer. I guess the good folks over at Millennium are fresh out of scruples and aren’t afraid of no ghosts because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they are in negotiations with Bryan to direct Red Sonja, a movie based on a Conan The Barbarian comic book spinoff that was already made into a stupid movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen back in 1985. Get ’em, Freddie!
Bryan was sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old- boy, and got fired from his last directing job for being a mess on set and only sometimes showing up for work. But hey, even alleged sexual predators have to eat, right? And this project sounds like just the thing for Bryan. It already smells of flop sweat.
A Red Sonya movie has been in the works at Millennium for over a decade, and Singer boarding the project would put it back on the fast-track. In 2008, Robert Rodriguez teamed with his then-girlfriend Rose McGowan for the project, making a big splashy announcement at Comic-Con that year. But they subsequently fell off the project and it has languished in deep development, with writers coming and going ever since.
So not only does it have Bryan’s own special scent of “eau de metoo”, it’s got Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez’ Harvey Weinstein flavored funk as an undernote.
Singer is set to receive full directing credit, and the movie is now generating strong buzz inside and outside the studio. While audiences and critics will be the jury on Bohemian Rhapsody when it opens Nov. 2, Millennium is willing to take a chance on Singer given that “none of the allegations seem to have merit,” says an insider.
If anybody can bring respectability and professionalism to this project, it’s *checks notes* NOT Bryan Singer. Sadly, Millennium didn’t get the same notes I did.