Bryan Singer was set to direct the upcoming Red Sonja flick but then #MeToo happened and the veritable DECADES of stories about him being an alleged predator and all-around bad look for homosexuals finally caught up with him. Despite his last movie Bohemian Rhapsody winning Oscars, Singer’s been replaced on Red Sonja by Transparent creator Jill Soloway. Transparent was a rad show (until Moppa Maura Pfefferman allegedly fucked it all up) and Singer is a dirtbag so yay Hollywood. For once.
In a press release, Jill Soloway said she’s all sorts of excited to bring Red Sonja back to the screen. Hollywood has long been trying to do a reboot of Red Sonja, and at one time, Rose McGowan was going to star with her then-boyfriend Robert Rodriguez directing. Millenium Films, which dropped Singer earlier this year, must be excited, too. Now they don’t have to deal with any of the civil suits that would have been filed against them by the 20-something (and younger) males in the cast whom Singer would have probably forced to do naked shower scenes despite there not being any showers in the Hyborian Age.
“I can’t wait to bring Red Sonja’s epic world to life,” Soloway told Deadline. “Exploring this powerful mythology and evolving what it means to be a heroine is an artistic dream come true.”
Jill is writing the Red Sonja movie, too, and it will supposedly be a whole new take on the material. Red Sonja traditionally runs around putting swords through things while wearing a chainmail bikini. So the chainmail bikini is probably gone.
Red Sonja is from the Conan the Barbarian universe and is sort of the female version of him. There was an amazing Red Sonja movie back in the 80s starring the iconic Brigitte Nielsen in a cheap red wig and good luck topping that, Jill!